• Austin Butler to Star as Elvis in Baz Luhrmann’s Biopic
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    Austin Butler to Star as Elvis in Baz Luhrmann’s Biopic

    Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic has found its king of rock 'n' roll. After numerous screen tests, Austin Butler has been tapped to play Elvis Presley in Luhrmann's next feature film for Warner Bros. The studio tested with a handful of actors in full hair and make-up at the end of June to see who […]

  • John Turturro’s ‘Big Lebowski’ Spinoff ‘Jesus Rolls’ Set for 2020 Release
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    John Turturro’s ‘Big Lebowski’ Spinoff ‘Jesus Rolls’ Set for 2020 Release

    John Turturro's "Big Lebowski" spinoff, "The Jesus Rolls," which follows his "Lebowski" character Jesus Quintana, is scheduled to hit theaters in early 2020. Screen Media purchased the rights to the film, which Turturro directed from his own script. "Jesus Rolls" also stars Bobby Cannavale and Audrey Tautou and features Jon Hamm, Susan Sarandon and Pete […]

  • Cannes: 2019 Lineup Includes ‘Rocketman’ and Films by 13 Women
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    Cannes: 2019 Lineup Includes ‘Rocketman’ and Films by 13 Women

    The 72nd Cannes Film Festival has announced its lineup, unveiling an official selection that includes 13 female filmmakers, a number of genre movies, more American titles than last year and an opportunity for Elton John to make a star turn on the Croisette. Twelve of the 47 films announced Thursday are directed by women (one […]

  • Disney Hit With Gender Pay Gap Class Action Suit
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    Disney Hit With Gender Pay Gap Class Action Suit

    A class action law firm sued the Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday, alleging that the company systematically underpays its female employees. The firm of Andrus Anderson LLP, based in San Francisco, seeks to represent all women employed by the Walt Disney Studios in California since 2015. The suit claims that corporate policies -- including setting […]

  • ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’s’ Sean Gunn on Third Film: ‘Everything’s Going to Work Itself Out’ (Watch)
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    ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’s’ Sean Gunn on Third Film: ‘Everything’s Going to Work Itself Out’ (Watch)

    Sean Gunn, brother to "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn, confirmed at Monday's "Captain Marvel" premiere that the third movie is a go. "I don't know exactly how that's all gonna work," he told Variety's Marc Malkin when asked whether the film could work without his brother at the helm, "but I feel like […]

  • James McAvoy’s Shirt Is Covered in Oscar Autographs for Charity
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    James McAvoy’s Shirt Is Covered in Oscar Autographs for Charity

    "Split" star James McAvoy turned his shirt into an Oscars diary. McAvoy arrived at the 2019 Academy Awards spotless. And when on stage with co-presenter Danai Gurira (who awarded the Oscar for sound editing to "Bohemian Rhapsody"), the actor's shirt was still mark-free. Cut to the Vanity Fair after-party: the Brit arrived covered in autographs. […]

  • Oscars: Kendrick Lamar and SZA Will Not Perform ‘Black Panther’ Song (EXCLUSIVE)
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    Oscars: Kendrick Lamar and SZA Will Not Perform ‘Black Panther’ Song (EXCLUSIVE)

    Despite the Academy's efforts to secure Kendrick Lamar and SZA for a performance of the Oscar-nominated song "All the Stars" from "Black Panther" on the upcoming Oscars telecast, the duo will not be a part of the show, Variety has learned. The reason, according to a source close to the situation, is logistics and timing. […]

  • Syfy Cancels ‘Nightflyers’ After One Season
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    Syfy Cancels ‘Nightflyers’ After One Season

    The George R.R. Martin drama "Nightflyers" has been canceled by Syfy after only one season. Based on the novella from the mastermind behind “Game of Thrones," the show was seen as a big gamble for the NBCUniversal-owned cable network, as it represented the most expensive series it had ever developed. The network attempted to spark […]

  • ‘Stan & Ollie’ Producer to Make TV Series About Joan and Jackie Collins
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    ‘Stan & Ollie’ Producer to Make TV Series About Joan and Jackie Collins

    The colorful lives of movie star Joan Collins and her bestselling novelist sister, Jackie, will be dramatized in a TV series. Sony-backed Fable Pictures, the British film and TV producer behind “Stan & Ollie,” will make the series, having secured the TV rights to the Collinses’ story. The series, which has the working title "Joan […]

  • ‘Friends From College’ Canceled by Netflix
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    ‘Friends From College’ Canceled by Netflix

    Netflix has canceled comedy series "Friends From College" after two seasons. "Friends from College will not return for a third season," a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement Monday. "We're grateful to creators Nick Stoller and Francesca Delbanco for creating a wise, funny and supremely relatable show. We also want to thank the hard-working crew, […]

  • Eddie Murphy’s ‘Coming to America’ Sequel Set for 2020 Release
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    Eddie Murphy’s ‘Coming to America’ Sequel Set for 2020 Release

    Paramount Pictures has set an Aug. 7, 2020, release date for its untitled sequel to the 1988 Eddie Murphy comedy “Coming to America.” The studio hired "Hustle & Flow" helmer Craig Brewer to direct the project with Murphy expected to return as the star. The project has been in the works for several years with Jonathan […]

  • Liam Neeson Attends ‘Cold Pursuit’ Premiere Amid Racism Controversy
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    Liam Neeson Attends ‘Cold Pursuit’ Premiere Amid Racism Controversy

    Liam Neeson stepped out on Tuesday night in New York City to attend the premiere of his Lionsgate thriller “Cold Pursuit." However, the red carpet for the screening was canceled just hours before arrivals were to begin in the wake of the Neeson's racially charged comments he recently made during an interview with the Independent. […]

  • John Malkovich to Star in Harvey Weinstein-Inspired David Mamet Play
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    John Malkovich to Star in Harvey Weinstein-Inspired David Mamet Play

    John Malkovich will return to the London stage for the first time in more than 30 years in the starring role of a new play by David Mamet about a disgraced Hollywood producer reminiscent of Harvey Weinstein. In “Bitter Wheat,” Malkovich will play Barney Fein, the head of a Hollywood studio who falls from grace. The […]