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Maria Dragus Cast In ‘Mary Queen of Scots’; Ned Van Zandt Joins ‘The Iron Orchard’

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German-Romanian actress Maria Dragus has secured the role of Scottish noblewoman Mary Fleming, childhood companion of Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan), in the Josie Rourke-directed period drama Mary Queen of Scots. She joins Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth I along with Joe Alwyn, Martin Compston and Jack Lowden in the film from Working Title and Focus Features. Written by House of Cards creator Beau Willimon, based on John Guy’s 2004 biography The True Life of Mary Stuart… »


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Tommy Lee Jones To Star With Brad Pitt In Deep-Space Epic

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Exclusive: Tommy Lee Jones is in final talks to star with Brad Pitt in Ad Astra, the working title of the futuristic sci-fi epic that James Gray co-wrote and will direct for New Regency. Production begins in September. Details are being kept close to the vest, but here’s what I’ve heard: In Ad Astra (which means "to the stars" in Latin), Pitt would play the slightly autistic space engineer Roy McBride. Twenty years after his father left on a one-way mission to Neptune in… »


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‘Transformers’ Less Than Meets The Eye With Near $60M Five-Day Domestic Opening – Midday B.O. Update

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Update, Friday, 12:24 Pm: Paramount’s Transformers: The Last Knight is looking at an estimated $12.5 million today based off of midday matinees, with a current outlook that’s just under $60M over five days. That number could fall if these estimates don’t maintain themselves into the night. Three-day already is estimated at $36.5M. Again, this is a waning property stateside, which many in town believe Paramount strictly made for China, which is bound to clear a $100M openin… »


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How ‘The Immortal Life’ Director George C. Wolfe Honored The Life And Legacy Of Henrietta Lacks

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An African-American woman living through the “peak of segregation,” Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer in 1951, unaware that cells taken from her body would go on to transform modern medicine and history at large. Now known as HeLa cells, Henrietta’s “immortal” cells aided in the development of the polio vaccine, and remain an essential resource for medical research today—and yet for years, Lacks remained anonymous in and outside of the medical field, never… »

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‘13 Reasons Why’ Actor Steven Silver Boards John Stalberg Jr.’s Comedy ‘Beef’

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Exclusive: Steven Silver, who co-starred in Netflix’s controversial hit series 13 Reasons Why, has joined Thomas Mann, Jai Courtney and Timothy Olyphant in Beef, the dark comedy directed by John Stalberg Jr. The screenplay comes from Jeff Lock’s 2014 Black List script. The pic follows Jason (Mann), a general manager at a fast food restaurant called Beefy's, who, in hopes escaping his bleak small town, makes a $10,000 bet that was supposed to be a sure thing. When he… »


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Johnny Depp Apologizes For Presidential Assassination Quip

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Johnny Depp has apologized for his statement made during his appearance Thursday at the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, England, where he joked about presidential assassination. He told People magazine today that he “intended no malice” and “was only trying to amuse.” "I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump," he said in the statement. "It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse… »


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Tupac Biopic ‘All Eyez On Me’ & Lionsgate Hit With Copyright Lawsuit By Journalist

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Already slammed by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and longtime Tupac Shakur pal Jada Pinkett Smith, the All Eyez On Me biopic about the hip hop icon is now taking hits from a copyright-infringement lawsuit filed in federal court. Claiming significant portions of the film are based on interviews he did with the now-deceased Poetic Justice star more than 20 years ago, former Vibe journalist Kevin Powell wants the movie that opened June 16 via Lionsgate pulled from theaters. As… »


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Abigail Disney’s Fork Films Gives Out Grants To Help Complete 16 Documentaries

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Exclusive: Fork Films has given out grants to 16 documentaries chosen from a pool of more than 300 applicants looking to complete films in various stages of development. The grants went projects that promote peacebuilding, human rights and social justice; the focus is to help women behind or in front of the camera complete their films. The total in grant money was $515K this year, and the film company has given out more than $4M in grants and investments to nearly 90… »

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‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Dawns With $48M In China – International Box Office

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Refresh for latest…: Rolling out in 41 overseas markets this weekend, Paramount's Transformers: The Last Knight opened in China today with an estimated $47.9M (Rmb 330.76M). That's 69% above Transformers: Age Of Extinction's June 27, 2014 bow in local currency. Par puts the opening day for Last Knight at No. 3 for an import ever in the Middle Kingdom (including Thursday’s midnight shows). The debut sets the film on track for a $100M+ weekend launch there. We are waiting… »


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China 3D Fantasy Pic ‘Once Upon A Time’ To Hit U.S. Via Well Go USA

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Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Once Upon A Time, the 3D fantasy romance from China’s Alibaba Pictures that Im Global acquired to handle worldwide sales at Cannes this year. The film will get an August 11 U.S. theatrical bow this summer in the original 3D format, in Mandarin with English and Chinese subtitles. A digital and home video release will follow. Co-directed by Anthony Molinara and House Of Flying Daggers' cinematographer Zhao… »


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White House Condemns Johnny Depp’s Presidential Assassination Remark: “Sad”

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TV news outlets updated their coverage of Johnny Depp’s remarks about presidential assassination, with the White House statement on his rhetoric: “President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and its sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead. I hope that some of Mr. Depp's colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a democrat elected official.” The Pirates of the Caribbean… »


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PETA Files Federal Suit To Get Old Chimpanzees Used In Hollywood Films To Sanctuaries, Alan Cumming Supports

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PETA has filed a suit against a Missouri facility that it has been warring with since late last year over the housing of a number of chimpanzees — two of  which were used in Hollywood productions — to get these chimps out of cages and into a sanctuary. Actor Alan Cumming (The Good Wife, Battle of the Sexes) is helping spearhead the action with an appearance today at PETA’s offices because he bonded with one of the chimps named Tonka during production of his 1997 film Buddy… »


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Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ Opens Against Sundance Hit ‘The Big Sick’ This Weekend – Specialty B.O. Preview

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Two big festival films go head to head this weekend in limited release. Focus Features' The Beguiled, which debuted last month in Cannes will open on both coasts via Focus Features. Sofia Coppola won Best Director in Cannes for the feature, which stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. The Big Sick by Michael Showalter and starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano, made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival in January… »


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‘Trumped: The Musical’? Ron Howard Hopes Somebody Does It – Cannes Lions

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Ron Howard spent time on stage at Cannes Lions today for a discussion with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Wpp CEO Martin Sorrell. While he touched on his new Han Solo movie gig, Howard also talked about how Imagine is evolving; the impact of technology on the business; and a trio of Broadway musicals. While a stage transfer of his 1982 Michael Keaton-starring comedy Night Shift is in the works, there are also discussions about his 1989 pic Parenthood hitting… »


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Ron Howard Talks Han Solo Movie & ‘Star Wars’ Universe – Cannes Lions

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Updated With Ron Howard Tweets One day after he was confirmed to be directing Disney/Lucasfilm’s untitled Han Solo movie, Ron Howard appeared on the main Palais stage here at Cannes Lions. In a discussion alongside New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, there were many subjects touched upon, but the audience was clearly clamoring for comment from Howard on his new gig. Smiling, he called his first foray into the Star Wars universe, “A little opportunity that came my… »


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Jay Roth Fete: The Reason You Can’t Get A Hollywood Mogul On The Phone Tonight

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Updated with more details: Hollywood is bidding farewell tonight to Jay Roth, who recently retired after 22 years as the DGA's national executive director. The by-invitation-only send-off, which is going on now at the DGA's headquarters in Hollywood, is being attended by a slew of the industry's top movers and shakers. Industry execs on hand include Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company; Jim Gianopulos, chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures; Kevin Tsujihar… »


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Johnny Depp Jokes About Donald Trump: “When Was The Last Time An Actor Assassinated A President?”

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Keep an eye on the Sparrow? Well, the Secret Service might be having a little chat with one Johnny Depp after the Pirates of the Caribbean star’s joke about President Donald Trump went over like a lead zeppelin Thursday at the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, England. Speaking to the crowd from a stage, Depp said: “Can we bring Trump here? … I think he needs help.” That’s Ok so far, but the one-time Lone Ranger went on to crank it up to 11, drawing mostly cheers and a… »


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Peter Bart: Are Fabulous Female Directors Limited By Tired Dude Genres?

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Five very attractive actresses sewed their wild oats on 3,100 screens last weekend, but hardly anyone noticed. With a female director and an all-female cast, Rough Night from Sony sat a sad seventh on the box office charts (barely above Captain Underpants), stirring some to ask these questions: Are female filmmakers squandering their newly acquired muscle by recycling tired dude genres? Are the feminine sensibilities of a Nora Ephron or Nancy Meyers getting lost in… »


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L.A. Film Fest Award Winners: ‘Becks’, ‘The Keeping Hours’ Among Honorees – Complete List

22 June 2017 1:42 PM, PDT

Becks, the musical drama directed by Elizabeth Rohrbaugh and Daniel Powell starring Lena Hall, won the La Film Festival’s U.S. Fiction Award today, while Karen Moncrieff’s The Keeping Hours took the Audience Award for a fiction feature. Those winners were among the awards announced today at the festival’s Awards Reception by Festival Director Jennifer Cochis and Film Independent President Josh Welsh (see the complete list below). Festival Guest Director Miguel Arteta (Beat… »


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‘Superior Donuts’ Star Jermaine Fowler Cast In ‘Sorry To Bother You’

22 June 2017 1:15 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Jermaine Fowler, exec producer and star of the CBS comedy Superior Donuts, has been added the cast of Sorry to Bother You, from first-time writer-director Boots Riley. He joins Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Lakeith Stanfield, and Steven Yeun. The drama centers on a black telemarketer with self-esteem issues who discovers a magical key to business success, propelling him to the upper echelons of the hierarchy just as his activist comrades are rising up against… »


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