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Monday, April 16, 2018

John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy to Star in Mindy Kaling’s Comedy ‘Late Night’ by Dave McNary

John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott, and Paul Walter Hauser have joined the cast of Mindy Kaling’s comedy “Late Night,” directed by Nisha Ganatra. The film stars Kaling an…

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Elisabeth Moss Joins Tiffany Haddish, Melissa McCarthy in Mob Drama ‘The Kitchen’ by Dave McNary

Elisabeth Moss will star with Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish in the mob drama “The Kitchen” for New Line Cinema and DC Entertainment. “Straight Outta Compton” writer Andrea Ber…

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Variety, iHeartMedia to Co-Produce New Season of ‘Playback’ Film Podcast by Dave McNary

Variety and iHeartMedia have announced a joint venture to co-produce “Playback,” a film-focused podcast hosted by Variety Awards Editor Kristopher Tapley, and relaunch the weekly…

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Friday, February 23, 2018

SAG-AFTRA’s Gabrielle Carteris Blasts Ruling on Actor-Age Censorship Law by Dave McNary

SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris has blasted a federal judge’s recent ruling barring California’s legislation requiring that subscription entertainment database sites remove an…

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Lupita Nyong’o to Star in Trevor Noah Biopic ‘Born a Crime’ by Dave McNary

Lupita Nyong’o will star in the Trevor Noah biopic “Born a Crime,” portraying the mother of the host of “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah.” The movie is an adaptatio…

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Bette Midler, Sharon Stone to Star in ‘The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife’ Movie by Dave McNary

Bette Midler and Sharon Stone are starring in a movie version of the play “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife.” Andy Fickman, whose credits include “Parental Guidance&#…

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

SAG-AFTRA Releases Code of Conduct on Sexual Harassment for Members by Dave McNary

SAG-AFTRA has released a “Code of Conduct on Sexual Harassment” instructing  its 160,000 members how to deal with the issue. The union made the announcement Saturday night follo…

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Film News Roundup: Brandon Routh Boards Live-Action ‘Anastasia’ Movie (EXCLUSIVE) by Dave McNary

In today’s film news roundup, Brandon Routh will star in “Anastasia,” a Chuck Berry documentary is in production, and “Birthright” is in the works as a feature …

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

MoviePass Withdraws From High-Traffic AMC Theaters by Dave McNary

MoviePass has withdrawn its subscription service from several high-traffic AMC theaters without revealing the reason why. The service, which costs $9.95 per month, was no longer available on…

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

‘Get Out,’ ‘Dunkirk’ to Return to Movie Theaters Following Oscar Nominations by Dave McNary

Months after leaving multiplexes, “Get Out” and “Dunkirk” are returning to movie theaters in the wake of scoring best picture Oscar nominations. “Get Out,” which …

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Disney to Give $1,000 Cash Bonuses to 125,000 Employees by Dave McNary

The Walt Disney Company will give more than 125,000 employees one-time $1,000 cash bonuses, amounting to a $125 million allocation by the entertainment giant. Chairman and CEO Bob Iger made …

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Disney Eyes Director for Live-Action ‘Sword in the Stone’ Remake by Dave McNary

Disney is in talks with director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to helm its live-action reimagining of the 1963 animated movie “The Sword in the Stone.” Fresnadillo, a native of Spain, …

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Disney-Pixar Hires New Screenwriter for ‘Toy Story 4’ by Dave McNary

Disney-Pixar has hired Stephany Folsom as the screenwriter on “Toy Story 4,” which is set for release on June 21, 2019. Folsom is filling the slot left vacant by Rashida Jones an…

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Disney CEO Bob Iger’s Pay Dropped 17% to $36.3 Million Last Year by Dave McNary

Walt Disney Co. Chairman-Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger received $36.3 million in compensation during the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, down 17% from the previous fiscal year. Disney made th…

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Anastasia Steele Finds Out She’s Pregnant in New ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Trailer by Dave McNary

With the new year comes a major reveal in the latest trailer for Universal’s “Fifty Shades Freed” — Anastasia Steele is pregnant. The reveal came Tuesday in the fina…

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Disney Becomes Box Office Champ for Second Year in Row by Dave McNary

For the second year in a row, Disney has nabbed the domestic box office crown, with $2.27 billion already banked in 2017 thanks to its one-two punch of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”…

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Disney Becomes Only Studio to Hit $6 Billion Twice at Global Box Office by Dave McNary

Walt Disney Studios is expected to cross the $6 billion mark at the 2017 worldwide box office on Friday, with “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” providing the final push to reach the mil…

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Writers Guild of America Honors Hamilton Nolan for Digital Organizing by Dave McNary

The Writers Guild of America East has selected Hamilton Nolan as the recipient of the Richard B. Jablow Award for Devoted Service to the Guild. The honor will be presented at the 70th annual…

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

‘The SpongeBob Movie’ Release Pushed Back to 2020 by Dave McNary

Paramount Pictures has moved the third SpongeBob SquarePants movie back a year from Aug. 1, 2019, to July 31, 2020. The animated project, now called “The SpongeBob Movie,” had be…

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Writers Guild of America West Blasts Disney-Fox Deal as ‘Relentless Drive to Eliminate Competition’ by Dave McNary

The Writers Guild of America West has issued a blistering attack on Disney’s proposed $52.4 billion, all-stock deal to acquire 20th Century Fox and other entertainment and sports asset…

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Star Wars Fans Begin Lining up at Chinese Theatre for ‘The Last Jedi’ by Dave McNary

The ritual of Star Wars fans lining up at the TCL Chinese Theatre well before the first showing of the movie has started in earnest. About 50 fans were in line Friday afternoon at the back o…

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Moviegoers Will Get Poked, Shaken, Soaked at Immersive Theater by Dave McNary

A week before the opening of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” the TCL Chinese Theatre unveiled a revamped auditorium that will help immerse audience members in a galaxy far, far away.…

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

‘The Little Mermaid’ Live-Action Disney Reboot Eyes Rob Marshall as Director by Dave McNary

Disney has offered Rob Marshall the job of directing its live-action version of “The Little Mermaid.” The studio tapped Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken last year to write the …

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Pushes Disney to $5 Billion Worldwide in 2017 Box Office by Dave McNary

“Thor: Ragnarok” has pushed Disney past the $5 billion mark at the 2017 worldwide box office for the third year in a row. Disney said Thursday that it’s become the first an…

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

‘All the Money in the World’ New Trailer Shows Christopher Plummer in Kevin Spacey’s Previous Role by Dave McNary

Sony has released a new trailer for its thriller “All the Money in the World” with Christopher Plummer having replaced Kevin Spacey in the key role of J. Paul Getty. The new foot…

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

‘Titanic’ to Be Re-Released in Theaters for 20th Anniversary by Dave McNary

James Cameron’s “Titanic” has been set for a 20th anniversary re-release in the Dolby Vision technology in 87 AMC theaters for a week, starting on Dec. 1. Dolby Laboratorie…

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Disney-Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Breaks Box Office Record in Mexico by Dave McNary

Disney-Pixar’s animated family comedy “Coco” has set a box office record in Mexico, becoming the top film as measured in local currency. “Coco,” which premiered…

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Disney’s Prince Charming Movie Moves Forward With Stephen Chbosky by Dave McNary

“Wonder” writer-director Stephen Chbosky has signed on to pen and possibly helm Disney’s live-action movie “Charming,” a re-telling of the Prince Charming folk …

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Anne Hathaway-Rebel Wilson Comedy to Hit Theaters in August by Dave McNary

MGM has set an Aug. 10 release date for the untitled Anne Hathaway-Rebel Wilson scam artist comedy. The project, which has been known as “Nasty Women,” is a remake of the 1988 co…

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

‘Molly’s Game’ Replaces Kevin Spacey’s ‘All the Money in the World’ as AFI Fest Closer by Dave McNary

AFI Fest has selected Jessica Chastain’s “Molly’s Game” to replace Kevin Spacey’s “All the Money in the World” as the closing film for the festival …

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Disney Ends Ban on Los Angeles Times Following Backlash by Dave McNary

Following a growing backlash, the Walt Disney Co. has ended its ban on the Los Angeles Times from press screenings of its movies. “We’ve had productive discussions with the newly in…

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