• George Ogilvie, Co-Director of ‘Mad Max Thunderdome,’ Dies at 89
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    George Ogilvie, Co-Director of ‘Mad Max Thunderdome,’ Dies at 89

    George Ogilvie, who co-directed on the third Mad Max film, “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome," along with George Miller, and led Russell Crowe in his film screen debut in “The Crossing,” has died in Australia. He was 89. For the 1985 "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome," Ogilvie focused on working with the cast on dialogue and dramatization […]

  • ‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic to Reveal More Carole Baskin Allegations in New ID Series
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    ‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic to Reveal More Carole Baskin Allegations in New ID Series

    Investigation Discovery is jumping on the "Tiger King" phenomenon, greenlighting a new program that it bills as the "definitive sequel" to the hit Netflix docuseries. "Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic" will examine the life of Joseph "Joe Exotic" Maldonado-Passage and explore his rival, Carole Baskin, whom Maldonado-Passage has accused of killing her first […]

  • Ezra Miller Appears to Choke Woman in Video
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    Ezra Miller Appears to Choke Woman in Video

    Ezra Miller appears to have choked a woman at a bar in Reykjavik, Iceland in a video that surfaced online late Sunday night. Despite confusion online over whether the video was a joke — with memes already emerging on Twitter, where Miller's name has been trending — a source at the establishment, Prikið Kaffihús, has confirmed […]

  • Shirley Douglas, Canadian Actor and Activist, Dies of Pneumonia at 86
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    Shirley Douglas, Canadian Actor and Activist, Dies of Pneumonia at 86

    Shirley Douglas, a Canadian actor and activist, died on Sunday of complications from pneumonia. She was 86. Her son, actor Kiefer Sutherland, announced the sad news of her death on Twitter and specified that it was unrelated to coronavirus. "Early this morning my mother, Shirley Douglas, passed away due to complications surrounding pneumonia (not related […]

  • Terminated ‘Matrix 4,’ ‘Uncharted’ Film Crews Demand Help From Studio Babelsberg
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    Terminated ‘Matrix 4,’ ‘Uncharted’ Film Crews Demand Help From Studio Babelsberg

    Germany’s Studio Babelsberg is seeking to find a settlement with hundreds of film crew members following the shutdown earlier this month of Warner Bros.’ “The Matrix 4” and Sony Pictures’ “Uncharted” amid the coronavirus outbreak. The production stop has left many independent film crew members without pay and more than 300 have formed a working […]

  • Ridley Scott Blasts Donald Trump’s Response to Coronavirus: ‘He’s a Nutcase, Isn’t He?’
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    Ridley Scott Blasts Donald Trump’s Response to Coronavirus: ‘He’s a Nutcase, Isn’t He?’

    As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the globe, Hollywood has been brought to a standstill. TV and movie productions have been put on hold, as the industry -- along with millions in other businesses -- is social distancing. One such project that's been paused is "The Last Duel," Ridley Scott's upcoming drama set […]

  • How One Movie Theater Owner Is Selling Curbside Popcorn to Pay His Employees
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    How One Movie Theater Owner Is Selling Curbside Popcorn to Pay His Employees

    Mark O'Meara has endured blizzards, hurricanes and economic recessions. Even in three feet of snow, he's managed to keep the lights on at University Mall and Cinema Arts, the two movie theaters he owns in Fairfax, Va. But for the first time in 29 years, he had to close his doors as the coronavirus pandemic […]

  • As Cinemas Shut Worldwide, China’s Prepare to Reopen
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    As Cinemas Shut Worldwide, China’s Prepare to Reopen

    As cinemas shutter for the foreseeable future across the U.S. and Europe in a historically unprecedented wave of closures to lower risks of exposure to coronavirus, a handful of cinemas in China have already re-opened and all signs indicate that many more will soon follow in their wake. “Our cinema is preparing to re-open, but […]

  • ‘Onward’ Leads Box Office With Ho-Hum $40 Million
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    ‘Onward’ Leads Box Office With Ho-Hum $40 Million

    Disney and Pixar's "Onward" debuted this weekend to $40 million, enough to lead box office charts but still a somewhat disappointing start given the studio's sterling track record when it comes to animated fare. Internationally, the film brought in $28 million for a global tally of $68 million. "Onward," a fantastical adventure about two teenage […]

  • Woody Allen Memoir Gets Release Date
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    Woody Allen Memoir Gets Release Date

    Woody Allen's long-rumored memoir, "Apropos of Nothing," thought to be unpublishable in the Me Too era, is coming in April. Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, acquired the memoir a year ago and will release it on April 7. "The book is a comprehensive account of his life, both personal and professional, […]

  • Coronavirus Causes 75% Box Office Drop in Italy as Industry Scrambles to Combat Crisis
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    Coronavirus Causes 75% Box Office Drop in Italy as Industry Scrambles to Combat Crisis

    The surge of coronavirus cases in Italy is taking its toll on theatrical box office returns which plunged this weekend by more than 75% compared to the same frame a year ago. With nearly half of the country’s screens shuttered, the Feb. 28-March 1 weekend's total intake was a measly roughly €2 million ($2.2 million), according to box […]

  • ‘The Mighty Ducks’ Sequel Series Ordered at Disney Plus, Lauren Graham to Star
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    ‘The Mighty Ducks’ Sequel Series Ordered at Disney Plus, Lauren Graham to Star

    There's some quacking news over at Disney Plus. The streamer has issued a 10-episode series order for a sequel to "The Mighty Ducks," and has tapped "Gilmore Girls" star Lauren Graham to play the lead. Graham will star as Alex and "Good Girls" standout Brady Noon is set to portray her son, Evan. Based on […]

  • Chris Pratt, Antoine Fuqua Team for Thriller Series ‘Terminal List’ at MRC Television
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    Chris Pratt, Antoine Fuqua Team for Thriller Series ‘Terminal List’ at MRC Television

    Chris Pratt could soon be returning to the small screen. Variety has learned that Pratt is attached to star in and executive produce a series adaptation of the Jack Carr novel "The Terminal List." Antoine Fuqua is attached to direct and executive produce, with Fuqua and Pratt having brought the project to the studio. David […]

  • Academy Planning to Remember Kobe Bryant During Oscar Ceremonies
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    Academy Planning to Remember Kobe Bryant During Oscar Ceremonies

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will include a tribute to the late basketball icon Kobe Bryant during the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 9. "We can confirm that he will be acknowledged in the telecast," an Academy representative told Variety. Bryant will be included in the In Memoriam montage of film […]

  • ‘Palm Springs’ Breaks Sundance Record for Biggest Sale Ever — by 69 Cents
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    ‘Palm Springs’ Breaks Sundance Record for Biggest Sale Ever — by 69 Cents

    Andy Samberg's "Palm Springs" has just broken the record for the biggest sale in the history of the Sundance Film Festival -- by $0.69. A joint announcement on Monday from Hulu and indie distributor Neon confirmed the existential comedy was purchased for $17,500,000.69 in a sale brokered by UTA Independent Film Group. That figure exceeds […]

  • William Bogert, Who Appeared in ‘War Games,’ ‘Small Wonder,’ Dies at 83
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    William Bogert, Who Appeared in ‘War Games,’ ‘Small Wonder,’ Dies at 83

    TV, film and theater actor William Bogert, who appeared in a recurring role on 1980s sitcom "Small Wonder" and in films such as "War Games," died Jan. 12 in New York. He was 83. On "Small Wonder," which ran from 1985 to 1989, Bogert played Brandon Brindle, the Lawsons' neighbor and Harriet's father who became […]

  • Apple to Release ‘The Banker’ in Theaters This March
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    Apple to Release ‘The Banker’ in Theaters This March

    Following an extensive review period, Apple will release one of its first-ever original films, "The Banker," in theaters this March. "We created Apple TV Plus as a home for stories that matter and believe 'The Banker,' inspired by the brave actions of Bernard Garrett Sr. and Joe Morris, two African American businessmen who brought about […]

  • Nicole Kidman Doesn’t Close Door on ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 3, but Don’t Expect Anything Soon
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    Nicole Kidman Doesn’t Close Door on ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 3, but Don’t Expect Anything Soon

    Nicole Kidman has some discouraging news for "Big Little Lies" fans waiting for a third season: There's still nothing in the works for a return to Monterey in the immediate future. Kidman has re-teamed with "Big Little Lies" writer David E. Kelley for the six-part limited series "The Undoing," and met with reporters on Wednesday […]

  • Nicholas Hoult Joins Tom Cruise in Next ‘Mission: Impossible’
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    Nicholas Hoult Joins Tom Cruise in Next ‘Mission: Impossible’

    Nicholas Hoult has found his next mission. The actor will join Tom Cruise in the upcoming "Mission: Impossible" sequel, director Christopher McQuarrie confirmed on Instagram. "Say, @nicholashoult, care to raise a little hell?" he wrote, to which Hoult responded, "Love to. Though why stop at a little?" His exact role is unknown, but Hoult is […]

  • Jon M. Chu Calls for a Kelly Marie Tran ‘Star Wars’ Series: Rose Tico Deserved Better
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    Jon M. Chu Calls for a Kelly Marie Tran ‘Star Wars’ Series: Rose Tico Deserved Better

    Disappointed "Star Wars" fans have expressed their upset over the lack of screen time for actress Kelly Marie Tran in the latest "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" with the online campaign RoseTicoDeservedBetter. "Crazy Rich Asians" and "In the Heights" director Jon M. Chu shares their disappointment, but he has a plan… After being introduced […]

  • Catherine Deneuve Out of Hospital After Stroke (Report)
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    Catherine Deneuve Out of Hospital After Stroke (Report)

    Catherine Deneuve has returned to her Paris home after more than a month in the hospital and at a rest home following a mild stroke, according to French report. The French screen icon was seen out and about by her neighbors in the Saint Germain arrondissement of Paris. Deneuve, 76, had what her family called […]

  • After Backlash, Disney Plus Will Make ‘The Simpsons’ Available in Original Uncropped Format in Early 2020
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    After Backlash, Disney Plus Will Make ‘The Simpsons’ Available in Original Uncropped Format in Early 2020

    Eep! After an outcry from "The Simpsons" aficionados, Disney has decided to offer classic episodes of the iconic animated sitcom on Disney Plus in their original 4-by-3 aspect ratio early next year. The streaming service launched Nov. 12 in the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands with the full batch of "Simpsons" episodes in 16-by-9 HD […]

  • Disney Employees Don’t Get Disney Plus for Free — But Netflix Doesn’t Offer Streaming Perks, Either
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    Disney Employees Don’t Get Disney Plus for Free — But Netflix Doesn’t Offer Streaming Perks, Either

    Workers in the Magic Kingdom are not getting complimentary access to the new Disney Plus streaming platform, but that lack of a perk isn't actually unusual. Similarly, Netflix also does not provide employees free access to its streaming services. Meanwhile, Amazon doesn't give employees comped access to Prime or Prime Video, although it does offer […]