• Kevin Spacey contract may force Netflix to end House of Cards
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    Kevin Spacey contract may force Netflix to end House of Cards

    Netflix may have a far tougher task on their hands of firing Kevin Spacey from House of Cards than it first thought. Spacey was dropped by the streaming service - as well as his publicist and talent agency - after multiple allegations of sexual assault dating back as early as thirty years ago came to light. The decision threw the fate of the political drama's sixth and final season into uncertainty with the writers reportedly “racing against the clock” to eliminate his character, Frank Underwood, from scripts.

  • British Hollywood actor who fought Isil in Raqqa says he wanted revenge for attack on hometown of Manchester
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    British Hollywood actor who fought Isil in Raqqa says he wanted revenge for attack on hometown of Manchester

    British Hollywood actor who fought Isil in Raqqa says he wanted revenge for attack on hometown of Manchester

  • Seth MacFarlane explains joke about Harvey Weinstein from 2013
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    Seth MacFarlane explains joke about Harvey Weinstein from 2013

    Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has explained why he made a joke about producer Harvey Weinstein while announcing the supporting actress nominations for the Oscars in 2013. Following the recent list of sexual assault and harassment allegations levied against Mr Weinstein, Mr MacFarlane explained his joke on Twitter. “In 2013, my friend and colleague Jessica Barth, with whom I worked on the Ted films, confided in me regarding her encounter with Harvey Weinstein and his attempted advances.

  • Game of Thrones season 7 episode 6: Daenerys' new snow costume is easily the best Winter outfit in Westeros [spoilers]
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    Game of Thrones season 7 episode 6: Daenerys' new snow costume is easily the best Winter outfit in Westeros [spoilers]

    *This article contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season 7 episode 6*

  • Daniel Craig reportedly 'signs up' to play James Bond in two new films
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    Daniel Craig reportedly 'signs up' to play James Bond in two new films

    Daniel Craig may be returning as James Bond in two new films, reports have suggested. A source reportedly told The Sun: “There was plenty of talk about who would be the next Bond but Barbara has managed to talk Daniel into two more films. Despite no official confirmation, Christoph Waltz and Dave Bautista are both expected to return as villains while Naomie Harris (Miss Moneypenny), Ben Whishaw (Q) and Rory Kinnear are all set to return.

  • Star Wars: It turns out Princess Leia got a PhD at 19
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    Star Wars: It turns out Princess Leia got a PhD at 19

    The Star Wars universe is so vast in its mythologies and histories that it's easy for certain morsels of information to get buried under the weight of it all. For example, the fact that Carrie Fisher's Leia Organa had actually earned a PhD by the time she was 19. A part of her story that was actually revealed by George Lucas all the way back in 2004, on the director's commentary for A New Hope, but which has only recently surfaced on the internet thanks to Twitter user Becca Harrison.

  • Girls Trip: How comedy starring a black female cast proved Hollywood wrong
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    Girls Trip: How comedy starring a black female cast proved Hollywood wrong

    Universal president of domestic distribution Nick Carpou told the Hollywood Reporter that while, in the past Hollywood has viewed films with black leads as having limited appeal, attitudes have changed. Jordan Peele's hit Get Out proved a box office success that attracted critical acclaim, as did the historical drama Hidden Figures, the latter of which was nominated for three Academy Awards and two Golden Globes. When Hidden Figures took the No.1 spot at the box office in its opening weekend, star Taraji P. Henson wrote on Instagram: "Most importantly this proves that PEOPLE LIKE GOOD MATERIAL.

  • The Batman: Ben Affleck addresses rumours he's leaving the DCEU
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    The Batman: Ben Affleck addresses rumours he's leaving the DCEU

    Ben Affleck has become strangely evasive over his future as the DCEU's Batman after unconfirmed reports started circulating that he'd be stepping down from the role in the near future. There's been something of a snowballing effect with rumours over the past few months, growing out of the shadows of Batman vs Superman's critical lashing, and reaching a new peak when Affleck stepped down as director of The Batman solo film. War for the Planet of the Apes' Matt Reeves has since stepped in, essentially throwing Affleck's script out of the window and starting again.

  • That Dunkirk smiling extra didn't make it into the movie
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    That Dunkirk smiling extra didn't make it into the movie

    The infamous Dunkirk extra who had one job - literally just ducking - and screwed it up did it not make it into the final cut.

  • Man reading 'Harry Potter' realises he's actually bought adult fan fiction
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    Man reading 'Harry Potter' realises he's actually bought adult fan fiction

    It's a struggle to have sympathy for someone who's existed this long having never read or watched Harry Potter, sure, but Chris Chappell's story is certainly worth your time. Except, it wasn't quite Rowling's words he was reading, as his friend Shelley Zhang soon discovered. The version of the Order of the Phoenix he seemed to have acquired didn't quite align with what Zhang knew of the books: namely, that Dudley (Harry's cousin) doesn't jump off his school building while under the Imperious Curse, there are no graphic sex scenes between Harry and Hermione, and Draco and Ginny do not "fake a rape scene".

  • Willy Wonka reboot: Ryan Gosling linked to iconic role
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    Willy Wonka reboot: Ryan Gosling linked to iconic role

    Thanks to the unstoppable power of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, the DC Extended Universe, the X-Men Universe, MonstersVerse, Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts, and Transformers-Verse, every Hollywood studio is clamouring for a hit franchise. Highlighting their lack of pure imagination is the new Willy Wonka film, reports indicating Warner Bros. are discussing potential for multiple sequels. Of course, studio bosses are seeking a charismatic actor to lead the series Robert Downey Jr. style, multiple publications stating that Ryan Gosling is being considered for the role.

  • Hollywood's obsession with franchises is costing studios millions
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    Hollywood's obsession with franchises is costing studios millions

    As anyone who has been to the cinema recently will tell you, Hollywood are currently pumping out franchises and sequels like original concepts never existed. As a seeming result of “franchise fatigue”, each of these has underperformed to some degree in the United States, failing to match the only two blockbusters that have managed to do notably well this Summer: Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The current state of cinema was been brought to a head over the weekend with the release of Despicable Me 3, the threequel opening to $72.4 million, down from an expected $85 million and below both Despicable Me 2 and spinoff Minions, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming: Tom Holland confirms fan theory about the Marvel Cinematic Universe
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    Spider-Man: Homecoming: Tom Holland confirms fan theory about the Marvel Cinematic Universe

    Tom Holland, the star of Spider-Man: Homecoming, has confirmed a fan theory linking the character to the Marvel Cinematic Universe from as early as 2010. The theory generated from a moment during the climax of Iron Man 2 where a small boy, dressed up as the Robert Downey Jr character, is about to be obliterated by a killer drone when the real Iron Man soars in, saves the day and hands all credit to the kid. Following the beat, fans surmised that this child could be a very young Peter Parker - a fact Holland confirmed to Huffington Post.

  • Daniel Day-Lewis retirement: Isn't it a bit premature?
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    Daniel Day-Lewis retirement: Isn't it a bit premature?

    Daniel Day-Lewis, who has announced his retirement from acting, has never been the type of actor who could give an off-the-rack performance. It’s a tortuous metaphor but a fitting one considering that he once took a break from acting to work as a cobbler and that his final film role is in Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film Phantom Thread, set in the couture world of 1950s London. Take Martin Scorsese’s Gangs Of New York, in which he played Bill “the Butcher”.

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming will have several post-credits scenes 'worth sticking around for', says director
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    Spider-Man: Homecoming will have several post-credits scenes 'worth sticking around for', says director

    Speaking at Sydney's Supanova Comic-Con via Skype, director Jon Watts appeared to confirm that there would be multiple post-credits scenes for the film, all of which would be "worth sticking around for", as reported by Twitter user Tyler James. It's likely they'll function largely as Doctor Strange's post-credits scenes did: one looked forward to Thor: Ragnarok in a scene between Strange and Thor directed by Taika Waititi, the other set up a possible Doctor Strange sequel with Chiwetel Ejiofor's Baron Mordo as the villain. Jon Watts confirms that Homecoming has after credit scenes that are definately "worth sticking around for" (Obviously).

  • Harry Potter: Warner Bros. give blessing to Voldemort-centred fan film
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    Harry Potter: Warner Bros. give blessing to Voldemort-centred fan film

    One example of a project met with opposition from copyright holders is Anaxar, a $100,000 budget Star Trek fan-film that raised funds through Kickstarter. As a result, Paramount also issues a set of rules for those making Star Trek films in the future. When Tryangle Films debuted the trailer for their fan-made Harry Potter film — Voldemort: Origins of the Heir — earlier this week, accumulating millions of YouTube views, many wondered whether Warner Bros. would take issue.

  • Terminator 6: Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back for James Cameron associated sequel
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    Terminator 6: Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back for James Cameron associated sequel

    Thanks to Star Wars and Jurassic Park being successfully continued after years away, dozens are studios are planning more reboot/sequels/potential franchises. Right now, for instance, Alien: Covenant, the sixth film in Ridley Scott’s series, sits atop the box office. Now, we can fully expect another Terminator film in the near future, despite Terminator Genisys having failed spectacularly at the box office.

  • Scotland Yard performs u-turn after initially casting doubt on claims that Tom Hardy chased down moped thief
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    Scotland Yard performs u-turn after initially casting doubt on claims that Tom Hardy chased down moped thief

    Scotland Yard has performed an embarrassing u-turn after initially casting doubt on claims that Hollywood actor, Tom Hardy had chased down a thief in London. It had been reported that the film star who has appeared in a string of Hollywood blockbusters, including The Revenant and The Dark Knight Rises had apprehended a suspect after chasing him from the scene of a crash. In it's initial statement a Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Officers happened to be present at the time of the collision.

  • Miami to rename street after Moonlight
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    Miami to rename street after Moonlight

    In recognition of this, Miami-Dade commissioners have decide to immortalise Barry Jenkins' film by naming a street in Liberty City 'Moonlight Way'. "This movie - at least what I got from it - really depicts the life of how a lot of us were raised and what we had to go through and endure as children in the inner city," said Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, who is sponsoring the name. Moonlight is a visually delicious film, and Jenkins thinks Miami itself deserves some of the credit.

  • Shrek 5 writer claims he is reinventing the franchise
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    Shrek 5 writer claims he is reinventing the franchise

    Nobody likely thought the Shrek franchise still had legs over a decade and a half down the line, but Dreamworks is still keen to keep the beast breathing. The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Shrek 5 writer Michael McCullers, who also penned the surprisingly successful Boss Baby, to determine the current status of the project. "Reinvention was sort of called for.

  • Harrison Ford won't face any penalties over plane landing blunder
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    Harrison Ford won't face any penalties over plane landing blunder

    Harrison Ford will not face any penalties over mistakenly landing on a taxiway at a Southern California airport earlier this year, the actor's attorney said on Monday. Attorney Stephen Hofer wrote in a statement that the Federal Aviation Administration will not fine Ford and the actor will retain his pilot's license without restriction. "The FAA conducted a full investigation into the matter, including an interview with Mr. Ford, and determined that no administrative or enforcement action was warranted," Hofer wrote.

  • The Expendables 4 to move ahead without Sylvester Stallone
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    The Expendables 4 to move ahead without Sylvester Stallone

    Sylvester Stallone has quit The Expendables franchise which was first spearheaded by the Rocky star in 2010. Sources report that the actor has turned down what would have been 'the biggest upfront payday' of his career due to creative differences with American film company Nu Image. Stallone - who plays mercenary leader Barney Ross in the series - is said to have been concerned about the quality of the confirmed fourth instalment.

  • Watch the moment Emma Stone realises La La Land didn't win Best Picture at the 2017 Oscars
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    Watch the moment Emma Stone realises La La Land didn't win Best Picture at the 2017 Oscars

    It was the extraordinary scene that marked the 2017 Oscars ceremony, Emma Stone and the La La Land team were halfway through their victory speeches when it was noticed that the wrong film name had been read out and Moonlight was actually the winner. The actress was on stage with her co-stars and the filmmakers as they accepted the top gong of the evening, before it became apparent the wrong movie had been read out by its presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. The mix-up saw the musical's producers finishing off their acceptance speeches before La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz revealed the mistake, prompting a brief moment of panicked chaos on-stage.