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‘Masters of the Universe’ Gets Release Date, Starts Search for Director

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Charlie’s Angels” and “Terminator: Salvation” director McG will not direct Sony’s upcoming adaptation of “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe,” TheWrap has learned.

McG has left the project after circling around it since early last year. Longtime DC Films writer David S. Goyer (“Batman v. Superman,” The “Dark Knight” Trilogy) is still attached to pen the script.

Sony has begun the search to replace McG in the director’s chair and has set “Masters of the Universe” to be released on December 18, 2019. It’s a release slot. »

- Jeremy Fuster

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Cannes Film Festival Adds Roman Polanski Film to Lineup

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The 2017 Cannes Film Festival has added seven more films to its lineup, including Roman Polanski‘s “D’après une histoire vraie,” Cannes organizers announced on Monday.

Other additions include films by Ruben Ostlund, Santiago Mitre and Barbet Schroeder.

The new additions:

Main Competition: “The Square” by Ruben Ostlund

Out of Competition: “D’après une histoire vraie” by Roman Polanski

Un Certain Regard: “La Cordillera” by Santiago Mitre “Walking Past the Future” by Li Ruijun

Special Screenings: “Le Vénérable W.” by Barbet Schroeder “Carré 35” by Éric Caravaca

Children’s Screening: “Zombillénium” by Arthur de Pins and Alexis Ducord

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- Steve Pond

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Disney’s ‘Miracle’ Actor Michael Mantenuto Found Dead at 35

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Michael Mantenuto, an actor and hockey player who starred in Disney’s 2004 film “Miracle,” has died. He was 35.

Mantenuto died on Monday of an apparent suicide, according to TMZ, and was found in his car by police in Des Moines, Wash. TMZ reports that the actor died by shooting himself.

Miracle” tells the story of the U.S. men’s hockey team that won the gold medal at the 1980 Winter Olympics. The American’s victory over the heavily favored Soviet team was dubbed the “Miracle on Ice.” The U.S. would go on to beat Finland to win gold. Mantenuto played Jack O’Callahan, a member of the U.S. team who injures his knee, but returns to the rink to take on the Soviets ,and makes a key shot that leads to a U.S. goal. Kurt Russell and Patricia Clarkson also star in the movie.

Mantenuto’s Hollywood career was limited apart from “Miracle.” He did, however appear in the 2006 TV movie “Dirtbags” and 2008’s “Surfer, Dude.”

After his acting career, Mantenuto joined the military. In a news release announcing Mantenuto’s death, Col. Guillaume Beaurpere wrote, “Those of you that knew Mike will remember him for his passionate love for his family and his commitment to the health of the force.”


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'Baahubali 2: The Conclusion' premiere cancelled after Vinod Khanna's death

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Legendary Indian actor and producer passed away aged 70.

The Mumbai premiere of Indian blockbuster Baahubali: The Conclusion has been cancelled as a mark of respect to Indian actor Vinod Khanna.

The revered Bollywood star, producer and politican died today (April 27) aged 70 from bladder cancer.

Producer Karan Johar, whose Dharma Productions is distributing the Hindi version of the film, said on Twitter: “As a mark of respect to our beloved Vinod Khanna the entire team of Baahubali has decided to cancel the premiere tonight.”

He added: “His screen presence is unparalleled even today… his super star swag is what we grew up on… Rip #VinodKhanna… thoughts and prayers…”

Khanna, known for his good looks, was one the biggest Indian film stars of the 70s and 80s.

He left showbiz to follow spiritual teacher Osho Rajneesh in 1982 before returning to acting five years later.  

Later, he became a politician, representing Gurdaspur constituency in Punjab four times for the ruling »

- orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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Box-Office Preview: 'The Circle' No Match for 'Fate of the Furious'

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Be prepared for another quiet frame at the U.S. box office on the last weekend before the summer season kicks off May 5.

The biggest new offering that opens Friday is filmmaker James Ponsoldt's The Circle, an indie thriller about the dangers of the high-tech age that stars Emma Watson, who is coming off her billion-dollar blockbuster Beauty and the Beast, and Tom Hanks. The film is projected to open in the $11 million-$12 million range from 3,163 theaters. 

That won't be enough to drive The Fate of the Furious off the road. The latest installment »

- Pamela McClintock

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Teen Drama Hit ’13 Reasons Why’ Heading For Season 2 Renewal At Netflix

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One of the interesting things about Netflix and their original series is that the passage of what becomes a hit (seemingly: the streaming service still fiercely protect actual viewership figures, but it’s easy enough to tell from social media buzz and the like) is genuinely organic. “Orange Is The New Black” became a much bigger talking point than the infinitely more-hyped “House Of Cards,” “Bojack Horseman” gradually built fans to become a cult comedy, and last year, “Stranger Things” came from almost nowhere to become seemingly the streaming service’s buzziest show ever.

Continue reading Teen Drama Hit ’13 Reasons Why’ Heading For Season 2 Renewal At Netflix at The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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David Fincher Close to Deal to Direct ‘World War Z 2’ (Exclusive)

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After previously taking the film off its calendar, Paramount Pictures looks to be moving forward with a “World War Z” sequel, with David Fincher directing and Brad Pitt back to star, thanks to the studio’s new chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos, according to knowledgeable sources.

While Gianopulos has not officially official greenlit the movie yet, he is expected to do so in coming weeks. This will likely be among the studio chief’s first greenlit movies. Sources say that production would probably begin in the first quarter of 2018.

A spokesperson for the studio has not yet responded to a request for comment.

Variety first reported last summer that Pitt had been courting Fincher to direct the pic and that the director was intrigued by the idea. The plans had to be put on hold while Pitt dealt with his divorce from Angelina Jolie, and were put into question once the studio, »

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‘Captain America’ Director Joe Johnston Boards ‘Narnia’ Revival ‘The Silver Chair’ (Exclusive)

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Captain America: The First Avenger” helmer Joe Johnston will journey to “Narnia: The Silver Chair,” a revival of C.S. Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia” series.

TriStar Pictures will partner with the Mark Gordon Company, the C.S. Lewis Company, and Entertainment One on the project with Mark Gordon, Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham, Vincent Sieber, and Melvin Adams producing the pic. “Life of Pi” scribe David Magee adapted the script.

“Joe is a wonderful storyteller who is equally at home in the biggest franchises and the most intimate character pieces,” Gordon said. “Because C.S. Lewis’ story is iconic and epic, but also tender, personal, and emotional, he’s the perfect choice to bring ‘The Silver Chair’ to the screen.”

The “Narnia” franchise’s three films — “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Prince Caspian,” and “The Voyage of the Dawn »

- Justin Kroll

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Box Office: 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Soars to $6.6M on First Day Overseas

26 April 2017 10:07 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Director James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opened to a stellar $6.6 million in its first three foreign markets on Tuesday as it began its international assault in 58 territories this weekend, a week ahead of its May 5 launch in North America.

So far, the Disney and Marvel sequel is pacing well ahead of the first film. Guardians Vol. 2 debuted to $4.5 million in Australia, including previews. That's three times more than Guardians of the Galaxy in August 2014. It is also the second-highest opening day for any Marvel release behind The Avengers.

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Paul Verhoeven to Direct ‘Blessed Virgin,’ Based on True Story of Lesbian Nun

26 April 2017 5:22 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paul Verhoeven’s next project will be “Blessed Virgin,” which will see the director re-team with producer Said Ben Said and actress Virginie Efira from “Elle” on a film about a lesbian nun.

The new French-language project was revealed late Tuesday night in a tweet by Said and confirmed by production company Sbs on Wednesday.

In “Blessed Virgin,” Belgian actress Efira, who had a key role in “Elle,” will play a 17th-century nun who suffers from disturbing religious and erotic visions. A companion is assigned to assist her through these visions, and the relationship between the two women develops into a romantic affair.

The film is based on a 1986 book by Judith C. Brown, “Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy.” Based on candid archival documents, “Immodest Acts” tells the true account of the rise and fall of Sister Benedetta Carlini, abbess of the Convent of »

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Film Review: ‘Below Her Mouth’

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Casting agents of independent cinema, take note: If Kristen Stewart is too busy or expensive for your project, Swedish newcomer Erika Linder is more than happy to step in. Evoking the new arthouse queen’s balance of sullen and sultry with a fluency that borders on outright imitation, the 26-year-old model’s big-screen debut carries more charge than everything around her in “Below Her Mouth,” a sexually frank but narratively flimsy girl-meets-girl romance that never gets under its gorgeous characters’ amply exposed skin. Rather indifferently charting the expected emotional fallout of the lightning-bolt attraction between brooding roofing contractor Dallas (Linder) and sexually undecided fashion editor Jasmine (Natalie Krill), Canadian helmer April Mullen’s good-looking film only snaps fully to attention in its humid love scenes. It may find a small, appreciative audience in the Lgbt market, the “L” quadrant of which remains critically neglected on screen.

“Even inanimate objects aren’t safe from you, »

- Guy Lodge

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Daytime Emmys Preview: Soaps Still Top Draw For Kudos

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For the third year in a row, the last four broadcast soap operas are all nominated for best drama at the Daytime Emmys.

David Michaels, senior vice president, Daytime Emmy Awards & Events for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, says as few as three and as many as four serials can earn a nom, and the reason that all four serials made the cut this year is because once again there’s a slim difference between the number of votes received by the shows that have ranked in third and fourth place.

“It seems crazy to have four nominees out of four contenders,” says Tom O’Neil, founder and editor of Goldderby.com. “In general, showbiz awards reflect at most two-thirds of contenders, but that’s not etched in stone. No one believes any of these four soaps are unworthy.”

“It’s never completely a given you’ll be nominated,” says »

- Michael Maloney

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Harry Friedman and Mary Hart Talk Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Wins

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The Lifetime Achievement awards at the 2017 Daytime Emmys will be presented to two luminaries of syndicated television: producer Harry Friedman and host Mary Hart.

After producing syndicated game-show sensations “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!” for more than 20 years, it isn’t a surprise that Friedman himself is a trivia question answer.

Friedman, who was promoted to executive producer of both shows in 1999 after starting as a “Wheel” producer in 1995, has been at his gig for so long that he holds a Guinness World Record for most game-show episodes produced. And the most Emmy Award nominations for a game-show producer (42) and most Emmy Award wins by a game-show producer (13).

So it’s no surprise he’ll receive a lifetime achievement award at this year’s Daytime Emmys creative arts ceremony. And it’s also understandable that it’s hard for Friedman to list all his favorite moments from the sets.

“One of the things that stands out on »

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Amy Madigan, Ken Marino and Sky Ferreira Join Scott Free’s ‘Burning Woman’ (Exclusive)

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Amy Madigan, Pat Healy, Ken Marino, Sky Ferreira, and Macon Blair have joined the cast of Scott Free’s “The Burning Woman” with Jake Scott directing.

The pic currently stars Sienna Miller, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, and Will Sasso. Brad Ingelsby, who wrote “Run All Night” and “Out of the Furnace,” is penning the script.

The film tells the story of a woman whose life is changed when her teenage daughter mysteriously disappears and she is left to raise her young grandson.

Ridley Scott, Kevin Walsh, and Mike Pruss will produce through the Scott Free banner. Scott Free’s Ryan Stowell will executive produce.

Wme reps domestic rights and Bloom reps foreign with a plan to sell markets in Cannes. The film will start shooting this week in Massachusetts.

Madigan is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates and Anonymous Content; Healy is repped by the Gersh Agency, Luber Roklin, and Jackoway »

- Justin Kroll

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A&E Announces ‘Bates Motel’ Was Its Last Original Scripted Show

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A&E is exiting the scripted programming space. Following Monday’s conclusion of “Bates Motel,” there will be no more scripted series on the cable network for the foreseeable future. Going forward, A&E will be shifting its focus back to the unscripted programming on which the brand was built. The network has not ordered a new scripted series or pilot since 2015. The network’s most recent original scripted drama, “Damien,” Glen Mazzara’s “The Omen” spinoff series, was canceled last May after just one season. Also Read: Leah Remini's 'Scientology and the Aftermath' Renewed for Season 2 by A »

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Roman Polanski’s Latest Added to Cannes Film Festival

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The Cannes Film Festival has added Roman Polanski’s “Based on a True Story” (D’Apres Une Histoire Vraie) to the official selection — playing out of competition — along with several other new titles.

Eva Green, Emmanuelle Seigner and Vincent Perez star in Polanski’s French-language film about a writer and her obsessive admirer. Olivier Assayas co-wrote the screenplay with Polanski, based on a novel by Delphine de Vigan. Sony Pictures Classics is U.S. distributor; Lionsgate sells worldwide rights.

Force Majeure” director Ruben Ostlund’s art world satire “The Square,” starring Elizabeth Moss and Dominic West, will play in competition. Sales are handled by Coproduction Office.

Un Certain Regard has added screenings of Santiago Mitre’s “La Cordillera” and Li Ruijun’s “Walking Past the Future.”

New special screenings will include Barbet Schroeder’s new documentary “Le Venerable W.,” the last in his “trilogy of evil” series, and Eric Caravaca »

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Johnny Depp Surprises Guests Aboard Disneyland’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Ride

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Johnny Depp surprised Disneyland park-goers Wednesday evening when he dressed up as Captain Jack Sparrow aboard the “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride.

Instead of the usual animatronic in Depp’s likeness, visitors were treated to the actual actor reciting lines from the popular film franchise while brandishing his sword at the Anaheim, California, theme park.

This is not the first time Depp has stopped by the ride that inspired 2003’s “Curse of the Black Pearl,” but this is his first appearance during the “Dead Men Tell No Tales” era of his iconic captain’s log.

Some lucky riders were able to capture footage of Depp getting into character on social media.

You know those little Disney Myths like…Johnny Depp will dress up as Jack Sparrow and sit in the Pirates of the Caribbean Ride? Well… pic.twitter.com/oAyIIu1e56

— B. (@BaileyNielson) April 27, 2017

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Cannes: Roman Polanski's New Film Added to Official Lineup

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Roman Polanski's latest film, D’après une histoire vraie (Based on a True Story), has been added to the official lineup at the 70th Cannes Film Festival, organizers announced late Thursday.

The film will be shown out of competition. 

True Story had long been rumored to be in the running for a competition slot. By its late placement out of competition, the festival may be be looking to avoid the protests from French feminist groups that plagued France's Cesar Awards earlier this year, which attacked the decision to name Polanski president of ceremonies. Polanski later resigned.

Among the other titles added are Ruben Ostlund's The Square, which will round »

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SundanceTV Renews 'Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter' for Season 3

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SundanceTV has renewed its original nonfiction series Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter for a third season, produced in partnership with THR.

The series will return in the fall with 14 hourlong episodes, with the season divided into two parts: The first will feature candid roundtable discussions with notables from the television community, and the second will focus on some of the most talented actors, actresses, directors, writers and producers from the film industry.

The renewal comes on the heels of the series' Daytime Emmy nomination in the outstanding special-class series category.

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‘Captain America’ Actor Lex Shrapnel Joins Michael Pena in ‘Extinction’

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Lex Shrapnel has joined Michael Pena and Lizzy Caplan in Universal’s sci-fi thriller “Extinction.”

The story follows a man (Pena) trying to save his family from an alien invasion. “Luke Cage” star Michael Colter also recently joined the cast. It is unknown which character Shrapnel will be playing.

Ben Young will direct. Eric Heisserer — who was most recently nominated for an Oscar for his script on “Arrival” — will write the screenplay with Spenser Cohen and Bradley Caleb Kane.

The pic bows on Jan. 26, 2018.


Arrival’ Screenwriter Eric Heisserer to Produce TV Thriller ‘The Scrawl

Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman of Mandeville, who backed the highly-anticipated live action “Beauty and the Beast,” will produce. Mandeville’s Alexander Young will executive produce, alongside Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake of Good Universe. Anna Halberg will serve as co-producer.

Exec VP of production Erik Baiers and creative executive Mika Pryce will oversee production for Universal. »

- Justin Kroll

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