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Josh Hartnett, Margarita Levieva Starring in Thriller ‘Inherit the Viper’

Josh Hartnett, Margarita Levieva Starring in Thriller ‘Inherit the Viper’
Josh Hartnett and Margarita Levieva will star in Barry Films’ crime thriller “Inherit the Viper,” which explores the prescription drug epidemic in West Virginia.

Anthony Jerjen is directing from Andrew Crabtree’s original script. The project is produced by Michel Merkt (“Elle,” “Toni Erdmann”) and Benito Mueller (“The Whistleblower”) and executive produced by Wolfgang Mueller for Barry Films.

Hartnett and Levieva will portray siblings as they try to escape the spiral of violence that has held them captive since their father’s passing. Their characters deal with a region left behind by the economy, in which selling drugs has become their way of survival and a business that’s very hard to quit.

“’Inherit the Viper’ is a visceral story of a family fighting to escape its destiny,” said Merkt. “I am thrilled to be able to tell it on this third collaboration with the incredibly talented director Anthony Jerjen, whose career
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Jessica Chastain Mocks Sexist Auditions on ‘The Tonight Show’: ‘Can You Try It Again, but Hot? — Watch

Jessica Chastain Mocks Sexist Auditions on ‘The Tonight Show’: ‘Can You Try It Again, but Hot? — Watch
Jessica Chastain is one of Hollywood’s most outspoken feminists, speaking out about gender inequality and other issues on social media, Cannes press conferences, and talk shows. The two-time Oscar nominee took a more lighthearted approach to the issue on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” last night, recording a comic segment in which she endures an increasingly sexist audition. Watch below.

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After appearing in front of the camera and reading for the role of Angela, she’s given a simple direction: “Can you try it again, but hot?” She complies with the request by delivering her line in a breather way, which is met with another question: “This time can you try it sweet and modest…but also hot? And can you be younger?” It gets increasingly ridiculous from there (“Just like that,
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Olivia Munn Wants Brett Ratner Out of the Film Industry, Says Men in Hollywood ‘Aren’t Woke; They’re Scared’

Olivia Munn Wants Brett Ratner Out of the Film Industry, Says Men in Hollywood ‘Aren’t Woke; They’re Scared’
Olivia Munn was one of several women to have accused Brett Ratner of sexual harassment in recent weeks, and as a result he’s no longer involved with the “Wonder Woman” sequel or several other Warner Bros. projects. But, the actress says in a new Los Angeles Times interview, that isn’t enough: “I want Warner Bros. to sever all ties and relationships with Brett Ratner,” she told the paper of record.

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“If you ask me, now, do I feel good? Do I feel like I have justice? No,” Munn said. “I’m thankful that we’re in this moment where our voices actually matter. But I don’t feel like there’s actually an awakening of consciousness in Hollywood. There’s an understanding that there will be backlash
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Jordan Peele And Universal Celebrate Art of ‘Get Out’ As Oscar Awaits

Awards Season is in second gear and there doesn’t seem to be a night or afternoon that goes by without some event or special screening. This past week alone Warner Bros.’ brought out the kids from “It” for a deserved “don’t forget to give us some love” Q&A; Fox Searchlight had their annual holiday party with Guilermo del Toro and Martin McDonaugh on hand; Searchlight also hosted the La premiere of “The Shape of Water” at the Academy; Stx saved AFI Fest’s collective you know what by replacing “All The Money In The World” as the closing night film with a “tribute” to “Molly’s Game” director and scribe Aaron Sorkin; and Showtime had their own holiday fete with notable names such as Kevin Bacon and recent Emmy winner Lena Waithe (whose new show “The Chi” drops on the network in Jan.).

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Morrissey Defends Kevin Spacey, Calls the Accusations Against Him ‘Ridiculous’

Morrissey Defends Kevin Spacey, Calls the Accusations Against Him ‘Ridiculous’
Kevin Spacey is all but done for after being accused of sexual harassment and worse by several men in recent weeks, having been fired from “House of Cards” and removed entirely from “All the Money in the World.” Few have come to the Oscar-winning actor’s defense, but he now has one notable ally in Morrissey. Speaking to Spiegel Online (and translated on Morrissey Solo), the singer calls the allegations against Spacey “ridiculous.”

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“As far as I know, he was in a bedroom with a 14-year-old,” Morrissey added. “Kevin Spacey was 26, boy 14. One wonders where the boy’s parents were. One wonders if the boy did not know what would happen.” Given Morrissey’s penchant for controversial remarks over the years, is it really so strange that he would go to bat for Spacey?
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Matthew Weiner Denies Sexual Harassment Accusation: ‘The Allegations Are Not True’

Matthew Weiner Denies Sexual Harassment Accusation: ‘The Allegations Are Not True’
Matthew Weiner has denied the sexual-harassment accusation made against him by former “Mad Men” writer Kater Gordon. “The allegations are not true, and [this] is a very important topic and a topic that I have devoted — it has been an obsession of mine, in my work and in my life, for like 92 hours of the show,” he said while promoting his novel “Heather, the Totality” yesterday, according to Entertainment Weekly.

“We wanted people to be having this conversation. It’s great that we’re having it,” Weiner added. “It’s a very serious issue.”

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The event was moderated by “Orange Is the New Black” creator Jenji Kohan, who asked Weiner why Gordon would make an untrue claim. He responded that he didn’t “want to speak to someone else’s character.”

“I will say this,
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Lena Dunham Defends ‘Girls’ Writer Accused of Rape, Claiming ‘Insider Knowledge’ of the Situation

Lena Dunham Defends ‘Girls’ Writer Accused of Rape, Claiming ‘Insider Knowledge’ of the Situation
Following yesterday’s accusation of rape against “Girls” writer/producer Murray Miller, Lena Dunham has rushed to her colleague’s defense. “I believe in a lot of things but the first tenet of my politics is to hold up the people who have held me up, who have filled my world with love,” she tweeted yesterday. Miller was accused of raping actress Aurora Perrineau in 2012, when she was 17 and he was 35. She filed a police report yesterday.

Dunham and “Girls” showrunner Jenni Konner issued a joint statement claiming that their “insider knowledge” of the situation makes them “confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3 percent of assault cases that are misreported every year.”

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Here’s Dunham and Konner’s full statement:

“During the windfall of deeply necessary accusations over the last few months in Hollywood,
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‘The Incredibles 2’ Trailer: Pixar’s Superhero Family Returns

There’s quite a push and pull when it comes to the hesitant hopefulness regarding the sequel to the largely adored “The Incredibles.”

Both one of the best animated films and best superhero films of the 21st century, with a voice cast of immense talents who made these characters pop off the screen (Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson being obvious standouts), the affection for the Pixar film has only grown with the passage of time.

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‘True Detective’ Season 3: Carmen Ejogo Cast Opposite Mahershala Ali; Character Details Revealed

‘True Detective’ Season 3: Carmen Ejogo Cast Opposite Mahershala Ali; Character Details Revealed
It’s time to retire the #TrueDetectiveSeason3 memes and start speculating about #TrueDetectiveSeason4 instead, as Mahershala Ali finally has his co-star in the HBO drama’s return: Carmen Ejogo. The “Selma,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” and “Alien: Covenant” star is on a well-deserved roll of late, and her role as Amelia Reardon — described as “an Arkansas schoolteacher who has a connection to two children who went missing in the 1980s” — looks set to continue it.

Read More:‘True Detective’ Season 3: Everything You Need to Know

A few salient details have emerged about this new incarnation of the series, which won widespread acclaim in its first season but opened to a more mixed reception during its second go-round. The official plot summary declares that season 3 “tells the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays
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‘The Incredibles 2’ Trailer: Baby Jack-Jack Has Powers of His Own in the Long-Awaited Sequel — Watch

‘The Incredibles 2’ Trailer: Baby Jack-Jack Has Powers of His Own in the Long-Awaited Sequel — Watch
13 years later, “The Incredibles” are back. Well, almost — Pixar has released the sequel-come-lately’s teaser trailer, which introduces a superheroic baby to the mix and provides a brief glimpse of his powers (fire, lightning, and lasers are all involved). Watch below.

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Here’s the synopsis: “Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in ‘Incredibles 2’ — but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of ‘normal’ life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone
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‘Call Me by Your Name’: Read the First Chapter of Andre Aciman’s Book Before Seeing the Movie

‘Call Me by Your Name’: Read the First Chapter of Andre Aciman’s Book Before Seeing the Movie
Editor’s note: The following is an exclusive excerpt from the first chapter of Andre Aciman’s novel “Call Me by Your Name,” adapted by James Ivory for the screen for Luca Guadagnino’s lauded film starring Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer.

“Later!” The word, the voice, the attitude.

I’d never heard anyone use “later” to say goodbye before. It sounded harsh, curt, and dismissive, spoken with the veiled in- difference of people who may not care to see or hear from you again.

It is the first thing I remember about him, and I can hear it still today. Later!

I shut my eyes, say the word, and I’m back in Italy, so many years ago, walking down the tree-lined driveway, watching him step out of the cab, billowy blue shirt, wide-open collar, sunglasses, straw hat, skin everywhere. Suddenly he’s shaking my hand, handing me his backpack,
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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ vs. ‘Young Sheldon’ vs. NFL Football: Everyone’s A Winner in Thursday Night Smackdown — Ratings Watch

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ vs. ‘Young Sheldon’ vs. NFL Football: Everyone’s A Winner in Thursday Night Smackdown — Ratings Watch
It turns out there’s enough to go around ratings-wise on Thursday night. NBC has taken hold of the Thursday Night Football package, which it shares with CBS (both of whom simulcast with NFL Network), and its fortunes on the night have grown substantially. Now with two nights of NFL, plus staples like “This Is Us” and “The Voice,” NBC easily won the week ending November 12 in adults 18-49, and scored its first total viewers victory of the season.

But on Thursday nights, ABC and CBS also have reason to crow in the 8 p.m. hour: “Grey’s Anatomy,” which just hit its 300th episode, remains a potent force. And “Young Sheldon” is developing into a new hit behind “The Big Bang Theory.” (Also in the hour, Fox’s “Gotham” and The CW’s “Supernatural” also perform relatively respectably, although not nearly at the same level).

Later on Thursday, ABC
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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Diagnoses Rebecca Once and for All, but It’s Not What She Wanted to Hear

‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Diagnoses Rebecca Once and for All, but It’s Not What She Wanted to Hear
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” Season 3, Episode 6, “Josh Is Irrelevant.”]

In the wake of her suicide attempt in last week’s episode of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) is recovering physically from overdosing on anti-anxiety meds she took on a plane, but mentally and emotionally, she’s still trying to catch up.

On Friday’s episode, she gets what sounds like the answer to all of her problems. When Dr. Dan Shin (Jay Hayden) says he believes she’s been misdiagnosed all these years, she has the first glimmer of real hope. She’d been struggling because she’d been given meds and treatment for anxiety, depression, Ocd, and host of other incorrect diagnoses, but now she’ll find out what she really has, healing can begin. “He just opened up a whole new set of possibilities, a whole new path for my life,” Rebecca says.

The Diagnosis

It turns out that Rebecca has Borderline Personality Disorder (Bpd), which is so misunderstood that Dr.
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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Cinematography

2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Cinematography
This could be the landmark year that Roger Deakins finally — after 13 nominations — lands a win for his stunning collaboration with Denis Villeneuve on “Blade Runner.” Other hopefuls include four-time nominee Bruno Delbonnel for “Darkest Hour,” two-timer Ed Lachman for his exquisite black-and-white 20s and color 70s visuals for Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck,” and two-time winner Janusz Kaminski for Steven Spielberg’s 70s Watergate drama “The Post.”

Vying for their first nods are Danish Dan Laustsen for Guillermo del Toro’s lush ’60s romantic fantasy-thriller, “The Shape of Water,” Swiss Hoyt Van Hoytema (BAFTA-nominated for “Interstellar” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) for his 65 mm photography on Christopher Nolan’s World War II

epic “Dunkirk,” and Rachel Morrison, who could become the first woman to break into the ranks of nominated directors of photography for Dee Rees’ southern epic “Mudbound.”

Frontrunners:

Roger Deakins (“Blade Runner 2049”)

Ed Lachman (“Wonderstruck”)

Dan Laustsen (“The Shape of Water
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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Visual Effects

2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Visual Effects
A bunch of sequels and a remake are vying for the Best Visual Effects Oscar this year, many of them from Disney, including Bill Condon’s live-action remake of Disney’s classic “Beauty and the Beast,” Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” and Lucasfilm’s upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Three Fox films offer stunning VFX: “War for the Planet of the Apes,” which advances its visual effects technology over the last Matt Reeves installment featuring Weta Digital’s astonishing array of digital apes led by performance capture master Andy Serkis as Caesar, could win Weta’s Joe Letteri (“Avatar,” “King Kong,” “The Lord of the Rings”) his fifth Oscar. Another visually sumptuous sequel is Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049.” And Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” is also impressive.

Two Warner Bros. blockbusters, Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic “Dunkirk” and Patty Jenkins’ World War I superhero origin myth “Wonder Woman,
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‘Justice League’: Why Joss Whedon is Only Receiving a Credit for Writing, Not Directing

‘Justice League’: Why Joss Whedon is Only Receiving a Credit for Writing, Not Directing
After an unspeakable family loss, Zack Snyder left “Justice League” in May and handed the film over to Joss Whedon to complete. However, Whedon was already been working with Snyder to write new material for additional photography. That Whedon was already taking his cues from Snyder in reshaping the film — to say nothing of the “Avengers” credit on his resume — made him the obvious choice to direct the reshoots and steer the film over the finish line.

Since then, “Justice League” producers, cast, and crew have been in lock-step in their message: Whedon selflessly came aboard to carry out Snyder’s vision. Wonder Woman herself chimed in: “This is Zack Snyder’s movie,” said Gal Gadot in an interview with Empire Magazine. “Joss only did a few weeks of reshoots. He was Zack’s guy and knew exactly what he wanted to get.”
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Actress Aurora Perrineau Accuses ‘Girls’ Writer Murray Miller of Raping Her When She was 17

Actress Aurora Perrineau Accuses ‘Girls’ Writer Murray Miller of Raping Her When She was 17
Aurora Perrineau has accused “Girls” writer/executive producer Murray Miller of raping her when she was 17, The Wrap reports. The alleged incident took place in 2012, when Miller was 35; Perrineau provided The Wrap with the results of a polygraph she took in September. “I filed a police report today. I cannot talk about the investigation that is happening currently,” she said.

In her polygraph statement, which the “Passengers” and “Equals” actress says she passed, Perrineau stated that she met Miller during an evening out with friends at the Standard Hotel. She had “consumed some alcoholic beverages” and Miller “was flirting with me. I told him repeatedly that I was 17 years old.” Perrineau’s father is “Lost” star Harold Perrineau.

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Miller later asked the group for a ride home, admitting that “he was drunk,
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Can Hollywood’s Predators Be Rehabilitated? Doctors Say Yes, for Some — but There’s No Quick Fix

Can Hollywood’s Predators Be Rehabilitated? Doctors Say Yes, for Some — but There’s No Quick Fix
Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K.: As the cavalcade of Hollywood sexual harassers and assaulters grows, at some point we have to confront the inevitable — Are they scorched earth, or should these people be considered candidates for redemption?

Bryan Cranston poked his head above the fray to suggest they might. “We shouldn’t close it off and say, ‘To hell with [them], rot, and go away from us for the rest of your life,'” he said in a BBC interview. “Let’s leave it open for the few who can make it through that gauntlet of trouble and who have reclaimed their life and their dignity and their respect for others. Maybe it’s possible.”

Comedian Bill Burr told a podcast audience said that C.K. — who admitted to masturbating in front of women without their consent after five accusers spoke to The New York Times — “was 100% wrong,
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‘Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond’: Inside the Life of Andy Kaufman and his Spiritual Connection With Jim Carrey

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‘Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond’: Inside the Life of Andy Kaufman and his Spiritual Connection With Jim Carrey
For two people whose paths never crossed, Jim Carrey and Andy Kaufman have a fascinatingly strong connection. Some might even call it cosmic.

Carrey has famously idolized Kaufman, whose remarkable career included a stint on the first season of “Saturday Night Live,” the role of Latka Gravas on “Taxi” and a standing invitation to appear on “Late Night With David Letterman.” And because no eccentric career would be complete without a good feud, Kaufman also had a running bone to pick with pro-wrestler Jerry “The King” Lawler.

Audiences first had this connection spelled out for them in 1999, when Carrey portrayed his idol in Universal Pictures’ “Man on the Moon,” a powerful retelling of Kaufman’s life — his rise to stardom in 1970s New York City, his fatal battle with lung cancer in the 1980s, and the veritable circus of highs and lows in between. Kaufman was well known as a
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‘Brimstone & Glory’ Review: A Euphoric Documentary About Fireworks from the People Behind ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’

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‘Brimstone & Glory’ Review: A Euphoric Documentary About Fireworks from the People Behind ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’
Remember the first 10 minutes of “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” when Hushpuppy was just running around with sparklers and the music was blaring and you were profoundly moved for reasons you couldn’t quite understand? Well, Viktor Jakovleski’s “Brimstone & Glory” is essentially the feature-length adaptation of that feeling. Produced and scored by “Beasts” mastermind Benh Zeitlin, this euphoric documentary is a veritable orgy of lights and sounds, a pyroclastic symphony of explosions in the sky that makes you happy to be alive, even if you’re not entirely sure why.

Largely experiential, though laced with pearls of narration that pull it back from being quite as impressionistic as the likes of “Baraka” or “Leviathan,” “Brimstone & Glory” opens with a title card that gives us most of the context we’ll need for the hour that follows. Every year, the Mexican town of Tultepec holds a week-long celebration of San Juan de Dios,
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