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'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube

'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube
Danny Strong, co-creator of Fox's Empire, has been tapped to pen Disney’s modern and musical take on Charles DickensOliver Twist, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Thomas Kail, the Tony-winning director of Hamilton, is attached to helm the project, which has Ice Cube on board to star and produce.

Also producing are Marc Platt, the veteran movie producer who was behind Broadway’s hit musical Wicked, and Jeff Kwatinetz of The Firm.

Oliver Twist is one of Dickens’ most famous works and tells of an orphan boy who moves from a life as an exploited child laborer to being under the wings of Fagin, a leader of...
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'Toy Story 4' Finds Its Writer

'Toy Story 4' Finds Its Writer
Toy Story 4 has found its writer. 

Stephany Folsom, who recently had a feud with Marvel after being denied a "Story by" credit on Thor: Ragnarok, has been tapped to write the script for the upcoming fourth installment of the long-running Pixar franchise, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 

Rashida Jones was initially attached as writer for the film, along with her writing partner Will McCormack, but she left the project last year. It was initially reported that Jones decided to step away from the project because of unwanted advances from Pixar head John Lasseter, who took a leave...
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Netflix Acquires ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ Starring ‘Stranger Things’ Actress Shannon Purser

Netflix Acquires ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ Starring ‘Stranger Things’ Actress Shannon Purser
Netflix has acquired “Sierra Burgess Is A Loser,” a feature film from Black Label Media.

Ian Samuels directed the pic with Lindsey Beer penning the script. The movie stars “Stranger Things” actress Shannon Purser, Rj Cyler, Kristine Froseth, Noah Centineo, Chrissy Metz, Alan Ruck, and Lea Thompson.

The film is a modern rom-com retelling of the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, set in high school. It centers on Sierra (Purser), an intelligent teen who does not fall into the shallow definition of high school pretty but, in a case of mistaken identity that results in unexpected romance, must team with the popular girl (Froseth) in order to win her crush.

The film is produced and fully financed by Black Label Media, with Molly Smith, Rachel Smith, Trent Luckinbill, and Thad Luckinbill serving as producers. Wme brokered the deal.

Best known as Barb in Season 1 of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Purser can be seen next in NBC’s drama
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Competition Will be Stiff for New Releases With 'Jumanji' Set to Remain #1

Competition Will be Stiff for New Releases With 'Jumanji' Set to Remain #1
This weekend sees Warner Bros.'s 12 Strong and STX's R-rated heist thriller Den of Thieves hitting theaters, both of which are targeting male audiences, which means they'll also have to contend with the NFL conference championship games this Sunday. Additionally, a couple of notable expansions are taking place this weekend along with Roadside's moderate release of Forever My Girl. That being said, all appear as if they'll be settling in behind last weekend's #1 and #2 films, as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and The Post are expected to hold on to those top two spots. Jumanji topped last weekend's box office after dropping just 24.5%, and this weekend it should continue to hold on rather well. While we're currently anticipating a drop around 32% and a fifth weekend around $19 million, don't be surprised if it hangs on a little better than that. The film should top $315 million domestically by end of day Sunday,
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Party of Five Reboot Is Happening at Freeform

Party of Five Reboot Is Happening at Freeform
Another day, another reboot! Party of Five is the latest series staged to make a TV comeback, as Freeform is set to reboot the the beloved '90s drama, E! News has confirmed. The network has handed a pilot order to the original series creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman, who will be modernizing the drama by tackling immigration. Similar to the original series, the reboot will follow five siblings, the Buendias, who struggle to keep their family together after their parents are deported back to Mexico.  The original Party of Five, which ran from 1994-2000, starred Scott Wolf, Matthew Fox, Neve Campbell, and Lacey Chabert (and various actors who played the youngest, Owen) as siblings...
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‘Bad Boys’-Inspired Series Starring Gabrielle Union Scores NBC Pilot Order

‘Bad Boys’-Inspired Series Starring Gabrielle Union Scores NBC Pilot Order
The untitled drama series based on Gabrielle Union’s “Bad Boys” character has been ordered to pilot at NBC.

Union will star as Syd Burnett, her character from “Bad Boys 2.” In the show, she has left the DEA and now has a fresh start in her new job as an LAPD detective. She’s partnered with Nancy McKenna, a working mom who can’t help but look at Syd’s freedom with some grass-is-greener envy. These two have totally different lifestyles and approaches, but they both are at the top of their fields. Union will also executive produce in addition to starring.

The project had received a pilot production commitment at the network in October.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle TV Movie Set At Lifetime

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle TV Movie Set At Lifetime
There is now a movie about to be released on the Lifetime channel about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. I’m not sure whether to move on to the next article or simply say congratulations and leave it at that. On one hand it’s a blessed event that should be given a great deal of respect as people all over the globe that care about the union are overjoyed and giving their well wishes to the happy couple. But on a very different note it sounds more like a chance to glorify a couple that have already been made famous and

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle TV Movie Set At Lifetime
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Veteran British Actor Peter Wyngarde Dies at 90

Veteran British Actor Peter Wyngarde Dies at 90
Veteran actor Peter Wyngarde, who starred as flamboyant investigator Jason King in the iconic 1970s British police series “Department S,” has died. He was 90.

Wyngarde died in a West London hospital, his agent Thomas Bowington told Variety.

“Peter Wyngarde passed away peacefully in his sleep early evening Monday at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital,” Bowington said, adding that Wyngarde was “one of the most original and truly great actors I’ve ever seen and by far the most exceptional man I have ever met.”

Wyngarde had a long career on stage and screen but is best known as handlebar-mustachioed investigator King. He also appeared in classic series including “The Avengers,” “The Saint,” and “The Prisoner.”

The King character was an author and investigator in “Department S,” and in 1971 was given his own series, “Jason King.” The show was canceled in 1972, but Wyngarde continued to appear on stage and screen in Britain and internationally.

His movie appearances
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Box Office Preview: '12 Strong' To Challenge 'Jumanji's' Reign

Box Office Preview: '12 Strong' To Challenge 'Jumanji's' Reign
As the family-friendly fantasy film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle attempts to hang on to the top spot at the domestic box office for the third weekend in a row, it is facing off against a challenge from 12 Strong, which follows a Special Forces team into battle in Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. Both films could take in about $15 million or more before the dust settles.

So far, Sony’s Jumanji has proven to be unexpectedly resilient. In both its third and fourth weekends it fell by just 25 percent during each frame. The fall-off is expected to...
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Read Woody Allen’s Response to Dylan Farrow

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Read Woody Allen’s Response to Dylan Farrow
Woody Allen has released a statement following his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow’s interview with Gayle King on Thursday’s “CBS This Morning.” Farrow spoke out in graphic detail about a sexual assault she said she suffered at the hands of Allen when she was 7 years old. “Dylan’s older brother Moses has said that he witnessed their mother … relentlessly coaching Dylan, trying to drum into her that her father was a dangerous sexual predator,” Allen said in a statement provided to TheWrap. “It seems to have worked — and, sadly, I’m sure Dylan truly believes what she says.” “Even though the Farrow...
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Dylan Farrow Details Sexual Assault Allegation Against Woody Allen in Emotional Interview

Dylan Farrow Details Sexual Assault Allegation Against Woody Allen in Emotional Interview
Dylan Farrow detailed her allegations of sexual assault at the hands of her father, Woody Allen, in a lengthy interview with Gayle King that aired on Thursday’s edition of “CBS This Morning.”

Farrow, 32, recounted her story of being touched by Allen, her adoptive father, in August 1992. She also said she experienced other incidents of inappropriate behavior with her father, including him asking her to come into bed with him when he was wearing only underwear. Allen has once again strongly denied the allegations.

Farrow said she decided to give her first TV interview on the alleged assault that occurred when she was 7 because of the groundswell of public support for victims of sexual harassment and abuse. She has called on actors to shun Allen and his films.

“It was very momentous for me to see this conversation finally carried into a public setting,” Farrow said of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements. “Because I have
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EuropaCorp Being Circled By Potential Buyers, Investors (Exclusive)

EuropaCorp Being Circled By Potential Buyers, Investors (Exclusive)
Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp is being circled by potential buyers and investors as it struggles to climb out from under a mountain of debt. Among the suitors, sources say, is business tycoon Tarak Ben Ammar, a shareholder in The Weinstein Co. and a board member of Vivendi.

Hit by the disappointing performance of last year’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” EuropaCorp has directed its primary lender, JP Morgan, to find someone who can inject equity capital into the company, as well restructure and pay a portion of its debt. Several well-informed sources tell Variety that the company urgently needs to find a solid partner by March 30, which marks the end of its financial year. The company’s market capitalization fell to €57.4 million ($70.2 million) as of Thursday, while losses reached €119.9 million ($146.8 million) and its net debt skyrocketed to €230 million ($281.6 million) as of September.

JP Morgan currently holds EuropaCorp’s assets, including its valuable
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MyFrenchFilmFestival: Spotlighting Swiss Doc ‘Before Summer Ends’ and Director Maryam Goormaghtigh

Perhaps it was just wishful thinking, or lust for warmer temperatures, that was cause for organizers of this year’s MyFrenchFilmFestival to select so many summer-themed films for UniFrance’s annual Paris-based, and online streaming event. Or maybe there were just a lot of really good French-language films about summer over the last 18 months.

Maryam Goormaghtigh’s bromance road-trip “Before Summer Ends” is technically a documentary, but edited to look and feel like a fictional feature. It is a France-Switzerland co-production between Paris-based 4 A 4 Productions and Geneva’s Intermezzo Films. International distribution is being handled by Upside Distribution, with domestic responsibilities falling to Shellac.

The film follows three Iranian expats living in Paris, as one of them, Arash, prepares to go back to Iran, because he is struggling to acclimate to Parisian culture. In hopes of convincing him to stay, or perhaps more honestly as a final hoorah, his two best
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Documentarian Lauren Greenfield Shows Her Rich Heart in ‘Generation Wealth’

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Documentarian Lauren Greenfield Shows Her Rich Heart in ‘Generation Wealth’
I first took an interest in Lauren Greenfield’s work when I moved to Los Angeles from Europe 20 years ago. Her book, “Fast Forward,” was a vision of everything I feared about raising children in the soulless, culture-free, morally vacuous City of Angels. I interviewed her then for The Washington Post with the barely-veiled terror of a mother of toddlers facing future bar mitzvahs on studio lots (not ours). That made Greenfield’s new documentary, “Generation Wealth,” which premiered Thursday night at the Sundance Film Festival, particularly fascinating. The photographer’s journey comes full circle as she goes back to seek out...
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MyFrenchFilmFestival: Aude Léa Answers Questions on Competition Short ‘Long Live the Emperor’

In 2015, Napoleon’s troops were forced to suffer one of history’s most historic defeats once again, before getting back into their sweats, hopping in their cars and driving back home. 2015 marked the 200th anniversary of the extraordinary battle, which shaped Europe for a century, and was too unique an opportunity for director Aude Léa to pass up, and she took the chance to film, “Long Live the Emperor,” which is in competition at Unifrance’s 2018 edition of the online MyFrenchFilmFestival.

Paris-based Les Films de Pierre, the company behind one Cannes favorite “Bpm (Beats Per Minute),” produced the short. International sales are being handled by L’Agence du Court Métrage.

In the film, Bébé, a newcomer to the reenactment scene, has put together a flawless uniform, armed himself with era-appropriate ordinance, practiced his maneuvers and pitched his tent in anticipation of participating in the Bicentennial. His devastatingly devoted wife Luda has joined him, even if she
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France’s Ankama, China’s Benlai Pictures Link for ‘Old Street’ (Exclusive)

Paris — In a pioneering animation deal, France’s Ankama, whose second animated feature, “Mutafukaz,” screens at the UniFrance Rendez-Vous on Saturday, is linking to China’s Benlai Pictures to co-produce “Old Street,” an animated movie based on the Chinese comic book by Nie Jun.

Founded in 2015 and with offices in Shanghai and Beijing, Benlai Pictures is dedicated to providing high-quality animation content for both Chinese and international audiences.

The development is being put through Ankama’s production-distribution subsidiary, Planet Nemo. Made in 2D, and drawing on Nie Jun’s watercolor pictorial style, which is not that far from French-language illustrated children’s books, “Old Street” turns on the cross-generation relationship between a man and his grand-daughter, set in an old part of Beijing, which gives the story a retro attraction.

Playing off an IP which has demonstrated international appeal – the comic book has been published in France by Gallimard as “Les Conrss de al Ruelle,” and in , “Old
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Film Review: ‘Kailash’

Film Review: ‘Kailash’
A somewhat controversial first Indian Nobel Prize winner at home gets a laudatory documentary portrait in “Kailash.” Derek Doneen’s feature directorial debut, after working on prior projects for producer Davis Guggenheim, can hardly help but rivet attention with the alarmingly still-widespread issue of child slavery as its subject. Driven activist Kailash Satyarthi has spent decades fighting for an end to the practice in India, with major ripple impacts across the globe. Still, the film’s edge, if not its worthiness, is slightly dulled by an over-slick approach that in the end makes it feel less like reportage than a first-class fundraising video.

Beginning with a police raid on a New Delhi “factory” site where Kailash and company have been tipped to — and where they duly find numerous boys cowering under sacks — the film alternates between such exaggeratedly presented “action” sequences and more straightforward presentation of the subject’s life and work. He began his
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'Loveling' ('Benzinho'): Film Review | Sundance 2018

'Loveling' ('Benzinho'): Film Review | Sundance 2018
The first pangs of empty nest syndrome hit the devoted, exuberant mom at the center of Loveling, a captivating portrait of the joys and aches of family life. Karine Teles brings ferocious warmth and humor to the lead role, in essence playing the opposite of her perfectionist upper-class character in The Second Mother. Without pandering to audience sympathy, she creates an exceptionally sympathetic focal point for a story that embraces the messy tenderness of life as it's lived.

With its attention to quotidian detail, the screenplay by director Gustavo Pizzi and Teles — the married duo's second feature collaboration, after...
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Artios Awards: 'Lady Bird,' 'Three Billboards' Among Casting Society Winners

Dunkirk and The Greatest Showman were among the winners at the 33rd annual Artios Awards, handed out Thursday night by the Casting Society of America.

Dunkirk won the award for big budget film, drama, while Greatest Showman took the award for big-budget comedy. Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri also were among the film winners.

On the TV side, Atlanta, The Handmaid's Tale, Big Little Lies and Veep were among the winners.

The awards were handed out in simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York, with Tig Notaro hosting at the Beverly Hilton and Bridget Everett serving...
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Loveling’ (Benzinho)

Sundance Film Review: ‘Loveling’ (Benzinho)
Some people go to the movies in search of authenticity, while others merely seek escapism. “Loveling” was clearly intended with the former group in mind, as Brazilian director Gustavo Pizzi crafts a warm and wonderfully universal love story that comes across surprisingly unconventional for something so familiar, if only because it focuses not on youthful passion (that more popular of screen subjects) but the full range of emotions a middle-aged mother feels toward her family.

The film’s soul truth springs from the fact that its leading lady and co-writer, Karine Teles (who just so happens to be Pizzi’s wife), has either lived through or imagined herself facing so many of the incidents it depicts. As a result, “Loveling” represents a wonderfully intimate project for both the couple who created it and anyone fortunate enough to encounter the film on its festival run, which kicked off as one of Sundance’s opening-night selections. Subsequent theatrical
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