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JJ Abrams Plans to Take ‘Star Wars’ Franchise ‘Elsewhere’

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With JJ Abrams back in the director’s chair to close out the sequel trilogy on “Star Wars: Episode IX,” the writer-director plans to take the final installment in the franchise “elsewhere.”

In a recent interview with the BBC, alongside composer Michael Giacchino, Abrams said, “Well, it’s certainly something that I’m aware of now working on ‘Episode IX’ — coming back into this world after having done ‘Episode VII.’ I feel like we need to approach this with the same excitement that we had when we were kids, loving what these movies were.”

Abrams added, “At the same time, »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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French Actress Danielle Darrieux Dies at 100

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Danielle Darrieux, a prolific French actress whose movie and theater career spanned eight decades, has died. She was 100.

One of France's best-loved actresses, Darrieux appeared in dozens of plays and more than 100 films during her long career.

Generations of French moviegoers watched her mature from a precocious, fresh-faced teen into a radiant nonagenarian starring in films into her 90s. Darrieux was born on May 1, 1917, in the southwestern city of Bordeaux.

Her father, an ophthalmologist, died when she was 7, and her mother supported the family by giving singing lessons. Darrieux was just 14 when she made »


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Vivien Leigh Biopic in Works From ‘Feud: Betty and Joan’ Writers (Exclusive)

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Feud: Betty and Joan” writers Michael Zam and Jaffe Cohen are making a biopic about Vivien Leigh.

The duo received an Emmy nomination with Ryan Murphy for best writing for a limited series for the FX show.

Zam and Cohen will adapt the feature from Hugo Vickers’ “Vivien Leigh: A Biography.” The film will focus on the life of the actress and her relationship with Laurence Olivier, who was her spouse from 1940 to 1960.

Leigh won best actress Academy Awards for her portrayal of  Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone With the Wind” (1939) and Blanche DuBois in “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951). She also won a Tony in 1963 for best actress in a musical for “Tovarich.” She suffered from bipolar disorder and tuberculosis, and died at the age of 53 in 1967. »


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‘NCIS’ Fans Have a Lot of Questions After Maria Bello’s Debut

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There is no shortage of action this season on “NCIS,” and apparently plenty of loose ends as well. Tuesday’s installment of the venerable CBS procedural featured the introduction of Maria Bello as Special Agent Jack Sloane, who joined Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and the team. The episode also featured a storm knocking out power in Washington, D.C., along with the investigation into a kidnapped sailor. Many fans took to Twitter during the episode to ask questions about the show, with a number of queries focused on the chemistry between Bishop (Emily Wickersham) and Navy Commander Thomas Buckner (Trevor Donovan »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Agent Brad Schenck Exits Paradigm (Exclusive)

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Agent Brad Schenck, who represents actors such as Jay Hernandez and Scott Caan, has exited Paradigm Talent Agency.

Schenck is expected to land at another agency, and sources said the departure was amicable.

Schenck spent 13 years in Paradigm's talent department and was co-head of talent from 2015 to early 2017. 

His client roster included AnnaLynne McCord, Bob Saget, Craig T. NelsonEmmanuelle Chriqui, Sarah Wynter and Tricia Helfer.

It is unclear at this stage which clients are leaving and which are staying, although one source said that Caan, Nelson and Helfer were likely to follow Schenck. 

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‘Wonderstruck’ Review: Todd Haynes Aims for Magic, But It’s Elusive

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Wonder can be a hard quality to capture on screen — and when you title a movie “Wonderstruck,” as Todd Haynes did with his gorgeous but problematic drama that screened on Thursday morning at the Cannes Film Festival, you may be all but promising something that’s difficult for even a filmmaker as gifted as Haynes to deliver. And no, “Wonderstruck” isn’t as magical as it would need to be to pull off the sleight-of-hand that Haynes is attempting. Jumping between two different time periods and several drastically different looks, including black-and-white silent-film sequences and gritty, overheated urban passages, the director. »


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Lumière Festival: ’Gertie the Dinosaur,’ ‘Professor Balthazar’ Reanimated After Restorations

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Lyon, France — The Lumière Film Festival’s International Classic Film Market put the spotlight on conservation and restoration of classic animated films on Wednesday, offering an examination of both the challenges and opportunities for cinematheques, private companies and other rights holders.

Marco de Blois, artistic director, programmer and curator at Quebec’s Cinémathèque Québécoise, presented two high-profile shorts that had long been thought lost but whose restoration he is now overseeing: the original versions of Winsor McCay’s 1914 “Gertie the Dinosaur” and Norman McLaren’s 1942 “Hen Hop.”

A version of “Gertie the Dinosaur” released in late 1914 still exists and is known as the first animated film to not only feature a dinosaur but also a character that exhibited diverse emotions.

McCay, however, had used an earlier version of the short with additional scenes in front of a live audience as part of his vaudeville act in which he interacted with Gertie. A 1913 issue »


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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying

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Four years after his last solo film, the Norse god Thor returns to the big screen in “Thor: Ragnarok.” Sitting comfortably at 100% with 30 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, critics agree that this lighter, less brooding take on the character and his mythos are far superior to the two previous entries in the Thor series.

That’s not to say the film’s perfect, however. While it’s been praised for its humor, a few critics pondered if there actually might be too many jokes in the action-packed romp.

Loosely borrowing from the Norse doomsday myth, “Thor: Ragnarok” finds the hero banished to a distant planet and forced to fight gladiator battles against his “friend from work,” the Hulk, essentially giving fans a “planet Hulk” movie despite Marvel repeatedly denying that fans would see the popular storyline in a film. At the same time, the thunder god must try to return to his home world of Asgard to prevent »


- Matt Fernandez

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Netflix, Bloomberg Philanthropies Make New Gifts to Academy Museum

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The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures today announced three major gifts toward the creation of the proposed institution. The new donations bring the fundraising campaign's total to more than $300 million, nearly 80 percent of its $388 million goal, the Academy said. The announcement comes in the wake of the Sept. 27 news of the $50 million gift from Cheryl and Haim Saban.

“We’re enormously grateful to Bloomberg Philanthropies, Netflix, the Charles V. Roven Family Foundation and the Thomas Spiegel Family Foundation for their generous support, and are thrilled to welcome them to a growing community of extraordinary »


- Patrick Shanley

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'Thor: Ragnarok' — What the Critics Are Saying

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Who knew the end of everything could be so fun? The reviews of Thor: Ragnarok are in, and everyone seems to be agreed: Taika Waititi's first Marvel movie is the most enjoyable Thor movie to date — but that might not be quite the blessing it might be assumed.

"The relatively laidback angle on all the murderous spree-ing gives Chris Hemsworth a chance to find the comic groove beneath the title character's beefcake godliness. He does it expertly, and the self-mocking humor is all the more welcome given Thor's essential blandness," wrote The Hollywood Reporter's Sheri Linden. "Waititi's interest »


- Graeme McMillan

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Mlb, Fox Are 2 Wins Away From Dream La v. NY World Series

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Major League Baseball and Fox Sports are two wins away from having a dream New York-Los Angeles World Series, something that hasn’t happened since 1981. The New York Yankees can punch their ticket to the Fall Classic Friday night at 8 p.m. Et on FS1. The L.A. Dodgers have a chance to do the same tonight at 8:08 p.m. Et on TBS. If those particular pennant wins come to fruition, host network Fox gets the No. 1 and No. 2 media markets in the country for its season-ending best-of-seven series. It doesn’t get much better than that. (Though technically it could. »


- Tony Maglio

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You Can’t Unsee Megyn Kelly and Hoda Kotb Awkwardly Dancing on the ‘Today’ Show (Video)

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Megyn Kelly’s transition from primetime to the more-humanizing morning television hasn’t exactly been a smooth one. “Maybe try dancing?” suggested absolutely no one. Well, the Fox News Channel alum gave it a whirl anyway on Thursday, and we all have Hoda Kotb to either thank or blame for the results. Warning: once you do look at this particular “Megyn Kelly Today” clip, you can never unsee it. Also Read: 'Megyn Kelly Today' Ratings Are So Bad Kathie Lee and Hoda Are Down Too Watch Kelly and Kotb get down down below. If you think it’s a tough mid-afternoon watch, »


- Tony Maglio

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Josh Brolin Says ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Will Be Like ‘The Godfather’

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Josh Brolin, who is playing the mad titan Thanos in the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War” said the upcoming superhero mega pic will be like “The Godfather.” In a recent interview with Collider, when asked how was it like to work with “Infinity War” directors the Russo Brothers, Brolin said, “Look, I got Joe Russo who’s constantly resourcing like ‘The Godfather’ and, ‘You have a gun to his fucking head.’ I’m like, ‘I love you so much.” Brolin added, “The fact that you’re taking an ‘Avengers’ scenario and you’re turning it into a ‘Godfather’ thing for us »


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‘Killing of a Sacred Deer’ Review: Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell Get Dark and Freaky

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In the annals of 2017 Cannes Film Festival weirdness, “Jupiter’s Moon” gave us a Mexican immigrant who could fly after he was shot, “The Square” put Elisabeth Moss’ character in a perfectly normal roommate situation with a chimpanzee and “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” introduced Elle Fanning as an innocent alien falling in love with a punk-rock wannabe. And then along came Yorgos Lanthimos to say, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.” His film “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” started with a close-up of open heart surgery and ended with a horrifying scene involving duct tape, a shotgun, »


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Hollywood’s New Leaders in Film

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Each year Variety’s New Leaders feature profiles the most prominent up-and-comers in the entertainment business. To determine this year’s worthies, Variety looked for go-getters across disciplines, from television, digital, music and film, to law and finance, as well as content creators. They were proposed by their bosses and peers who have worked with them and seen their rise. All are age 40 or under, and Variety has measured them by the progress of their career trajectories: do they take calculated risks? How fast have they risen in their companies? Are they innovative and employ solutions to problems that are creative? While it’s hard to pinpoint the “it” factor, these folks embody that intangible. The people on the list have helped build the brilliant careers of their clients, shepherded hit television shows and successful movies, created small-screen series, films and animated shows, launched digital platforms, fostered hit music, counseled top dealmakers and financed them, and are some »


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International Newswire: Mipcom Sees First Signs of Peak TV Animation

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In today’s International Newswire, MipJunior sees a growing flow of kids’ content coming onto the market, Chiwetel Ejiofor starts to shoot his directorial debut in Malawi, five feature debuts compete at the European Film Awards, a report finds scripted TV production in the U.S. declined last year, and Showmax is to make a Polish version of ‘Saturday Night Live.’

Cannes’ Mipcom trade-fair, which closed on Thursday, was the first in several years when unscripted was as much part of the conversation as scripted. In fact, it was a tale of three markets. If Mipcom was “bright, brisk and bustley,” as ReedMidem’s TV division director Laurine Garaude described it at her customary last day of the market wrap, MipJunior was one of the busiest events in recent years, judged by news flow, and big company presence – Mattel tub-thumping its overhaul of the “Thomas the Tank Engine” IP, for instance.

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AMC Launches ‘The Walking Dead’ Vr App, Lets Viewers Become Walkers

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This probably beats dressing up as a zombie for Halloween. With the Season 8 premiere of “The Walking Dead” coming up, AMC launched a new virtual reality app — aptly titled “AMC Vr” — on Thursday, giving users a chance to roam around as “walkers” in a four-part series based on the hit zombie show. And after the season premiere on Sunday, an extended 360-degree scene from “The Walking Dead’s” 100th episode will debut on the app, putting viewers alongside stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Seth Gilliam. And if a zombie apocalypse isn’t your bag, AMC Vr is also hooking viewers up. »


- Sean Burch

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‘Only the Brave’ Review: Josh Brolin Firefighter Saga Digs Deep

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Wind, humidity and any number of other factors can transform a forest fire in unpredictable ways. And sometimes, movies like “Only the Brave” also find ways to stray from the path we’re expecting them to take. Based on Sean Flynn’s GQ article about the first municipal fire department to become an elite “hot-shot” squad sent in to extinguish huge and deadly forest fires, this film starts out so safely square (and square-jawed), that it feels like a World War II movie about a colorful squadron heading to Normandy. But as the story builds, these characters become richer and more complicated. »


- Alonso Duralde

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‘Bpm’ Review: Powerful AIDS Drama Could Be Awards Bound

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Robin Campillo’s 1990s-set AIDS drama “Bpm” — originally called “120 Beats Per Minute” — got the best kind of mixed reaction at its first press screening at the Cannes Film Festival last May. While some in the audience found it absolutely stunning, others just settled for very, very good. (The film won the Jury Grand Prize and was named France’s official entry in the foreign-language-film race for this year’s Oscars.) Campillo’s intelligent and moving film starts as an ensemble piece, tracking several different members of the Paris branch of Act Up, an activist group dedicated to educating, advocating and, »


- Ben Croll

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‘1922’ Review: Thomas Jane Haunted by Guilt in Stephen King Adaptation

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Guilt may be the focus of “1922,” but it’s the audience’s patience that gets a workout. The story of a Midwestern farmer coming to terms with his role in his wife’s murder, Zak Hilditch’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novella of the same name feels overlong or maybe underfed, fleshing out the character’s mental deterioration in handsome but unsurprising detail. Even boasting strong performances from the likes of Thomas Jane and Molly Parker, “1922” feels best suited for its home on Netflix (premiering October 20) as Hollywood shuffles through its latest surge in King-themed projects. Jane plays Wilfred James, »


- Todd Gilchrist

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