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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'

3 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

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, »

- Justin Kroll

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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

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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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- Pamela McClintock

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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 »

- Robert Mitchell

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‘Game of Thrones’ Fans: Learn the Art of Dothraki Language at Berkeley This Summer

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Dothraki, the made-up language from “Game of Thrones,” is the latest fake language to capture the curiosity of fans, as evidenced by a new course at Uc Berkeley. “The Linguistics of ‘Game of Thrones’ and the Art of Language Invention,” will be taught for six weeks over the summer by language creator David J. Peterson. Uc Berkeley announced the class on its website last week. Peterson is a Uc Berkeley alum and says his love of creating languages dates back to his very first linguistics class at the school. He earned his Masters in Linguistics at Uc San Diego in 2005 and just. »

- Carli Velocci

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Here’s Everyone Laid Off at Espn, From Andy Katz to Trent Dilfer (Updating List)

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Espn announced Wednesday that it would lay off roughly 100 on-air personalities and writers, TheWrap has learned. The names of impacted, now-former employees are starting to become public. The following people have confirmed their departure from the network. TheWrap will continue to update this list as more names become known: College Football Analyst Charles Arbuckle NFL Contributor Jarrett Bell Big Ten Reporter Brian Bennett Espn 710 Host Jeff Biggs Mlb Analyst Jim Bowden Mlb Analysts Dallas Braden College Basketball Writer Eamonn Brennan College Basketball Reporter C.L. Brown NHL Columnist Scott Burnside Columnist Jim Caple Premier Boxing Champions Host Marysol Castro SEC »

- Brian Flood and Tony Maglio

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Fox Business Beats CNBC for 15th Straight Week

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Fox Business Network beat rival CNBC for the 15th consecutive week among Business Day viewers with another victory by averaging 179,000 viewers last week. “Our smart, loyal and growing audience has made Fox Business the winner, and I’m thrilled to be a part of our hard-earned success,” Lou Dobbs told TheWrap. Fbn beat CNBC, which averaged 162,000 Business Day viewers, by 10 percent. Business Day, which is the hours that the stock market is open, is essentially primetime for the competing business networks. Also Read: Fox News' Tucker Carlson Dominates in Ratings on First Night in Bill O'Reilly's Old Time Slot “Lou Dobbs Tonight” continued. »

- Brian Flood

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Barbra Streisand on Sexism Behind Hillary Clinton's Election Loss: "Strong Women Have Always Been Suspect"

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Barbra Streisand made a huge statement on Wednesday (April 26) when she proclaimed sexism to be an explanation for Hillary Clinton losing the 2016 presidential election.

The singer-actress recounted that Clinton’s loss was “heartbreaking,” and shared her belief that “power and woman has always been suspect. Strong women have always been suspect…in this country."

“Women are still so underestimated,"  she stated to Wnyc’s Leonard Lopate. "It’s incredible to watch even this last election with Hillary, the strong woman, the powerful woman, the educated woman, the experienced woman, being thought of as the other, or too elite, or too »

- Lauren Tom, Billboard

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TV Ratings: ‘Empire’ Returns at New Low, Still Claims Wednesday Demo Win

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“Empire” aired its first new episode in two weeks on Wednesday night, with the Fox music drama returning at a new series low, according to Nielsen data. Nevertheless, it was still the top-rated show of the night in adults 18-49.

“Empire” averaged a 2.1 rating and 6.2 million viewers, down from the previous series low on April 5 (2.2, 6.4 million). Still, the series remains incredibly popular in delayed viewing and will likely add significant viewership in both L+3 and L+7.

“Shots Fired” (0.8, 3.3 million) led into the new episode of “Empire” for Fox.

On CBS, “Survivor” (1.7, 8.4 million), “Criminal Minds” (1.2, 6.8 million), and “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” (0.8, 4.6 million) were all steady.

For ABC, “The Goldbergs” (1.4, 5.2 million) was stable while “Speechless” (1.2, 4.5 million) ticked down slightly in the demo. “Black-ish” aired back-to-back episodes at 9 p.m. (1.2, 4.4 million) and 9:30 p.m. (1.2, 4.2 million). “Designated Survivor” (1.1, 5.1 million) closed out up slightly in the demo.

“Blindspot” (0.9, 4.5 million), “Law & Order: Svu” (1.1, 5.3 million), and “Chicago Pd” (1.2, 6.2 million) were all even on »

- Joe Otterson

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Johnny Depp Dresses Up as Jack Sparrow, Surprises ‘Pirates’ Riders at Disneyland (Videos)

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Guests enjoying the “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride at Disneyland on Wednesday got a surprise glimpse at Johnny Depp himself, dressed in his Captain Jack Sparrow costume. The ride at the California theme park is filled with Jack Sparrow figures. Lucky guests quickly realized it wasn’t a machine swinging the sword at them, but the actor in the flesh. “Everyone was surprised, shocked and excited to see him,” a rider told E! News. “He acted exactly like his character in the movies.” See Video: 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' Trailer Teases Young Jack Sparrow Another visitor added, »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Espn to Add Mlb Network Show to ESPN2 Afternoon Lineup

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Espn’s newest show is an old standby from another sports-media outlet.

The Walt Disney sports-media juggernaut, which has made no secret of its desire to winnow its operating costs, said Thursday that it would add the Mlb Network’s “Intentional Talk” to the ESPN2 afternoon lineup.”Intentional Talk” has been on Mlb Network’s schedule since 2011, and features co-hosts Chris Rose and Kevin Millar holding forth on everything from strange utterances by baseball players to clips of fans or players caught in oddball situations. It is fueled by analysis of quick video segments and plenty of fan interaction.

Espn said ESPN2 will air the show, which will also continue its run on Mlb Network, starting May 1 between 4 p.m, and 5 p.m. during the season, and for 30 minutes in the off-season.

“The move provides us with more baseball studio content than we’ve ever had,” said Burke Magnus, Espn’s executive vice president of programming and »

- Brian Steinberg

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Stephen Colbert: Trump’s Oval Office Is ‘8-Year-Old’s Drawing of a Dream Treehouse’ (Video)

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Our president is like an eight-year-old, according to Stephen Colbert, who roasted Trump on his show Wednesday night. During his opening monologue, Colbert cited a recent Associated Press story that highlighted some unique characteristics of the new administration. And one nugget in particular stood out. “With the push of a red button placed on the Resolute Desk that presidents have used for decades, a White House butler soon arrived with a Coke for the president,” the AP reported. At first Colbert was on edge (it is a big red button with the President after all), but he soon realized it was almost comic. »

- Carli Velocci

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Watch 'The Simpsons' Skewer Donald Trump's First 100 Days

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The Simpsons celebrate President Donald Trump's big accomplishments from his first 100 days in office – lowering his golf handicap, increasing his Twitter followers, making it legal to shoot hibernating bears – in a hilarious and depressing new short.

The clip opens with scenes of West Wing chaos as Sean Spicer dangles from a rope in the Briefing Room and Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon strangle each other. Meanwhile, Trump lays in bed and scrolls through his phone, as the tiny dog disguised as his hairpiece resettles on his head. When an »

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Ratings: ‘Empire’ Returns to Reclaim First Place for Fox

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Empire” returned to Fox last night, handing the broadcaster the top spot in the key 18-49 demographic. Unfortunately, the show couldn’t carry enough overall eyeballs to offset a softer “Shots Fired,” and Fox nearly finished fourth in terms of total viewers.

Oh, and the hip-hop soap opera also settled for new series lows on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, CBS was first in terms of primetime audience averages. NBC was second per that Nielsen metric, and ABC just missed out on the bronze.

Fox was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating/6 share in. »

- Tony Maglio

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Documentary ‘Spettacolo’ Lands at Grasshopper Film for U.S. Release (Exclusive)

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Grasshopper Film has bought the U.S. distribution rights to the documentary “Spettacolo,” a month after its world premiere at the SXSW film festival.

Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen, who teamed on the acclaimed 2010 documentary “Marwencol,” directed and produced “Spettacolo.” The movie centers on Monticchiello, a tiny hill town in Tuscany which has turned the lives of its residents into a play about itself for the past 50 years. Grasshopper plans to open the film theatrically this fall, followed by a VOD and home video release.

The film examines Monticchiello’s annual tradition, which has attracted worldwide attention, at a time when its population is aging and the younger generation is more interested in Facebook than farming. It interweaves episodes from its past with its modern-day process, as the villagers turn a series of blows into a new play about the end of their world.

Dennis Harvey wrote in his SXSW review for Variety, »

- Dave McNary

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Fox News Co-President Bill Shine Asked Murdochs for Public Support, They Declined (Report)

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Fox News co-president Bill Shine recently asked Rupert Murdoch’s sons to release a statement in support of him after the network’s star Bill O’Reilly was fired over sexual harassment allegations, but they declined, according to New York Magazine’s Gabe Sherman. Sherman, who has been out in front of all scandal-related Fox News drama for years, reported that Shine has privately complained that the senior Murdoch “isn’t fighting for him” in the press. Rupert’s sons, James and Lachlan, opted not to issue a public statement defending Shine, according to Sherman who cited anonymous sources. Shine denied asking for a statement, »

- Brian Flood

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Watch Dave Grohl Talk Bad Grades With Mom on 'Colbert'

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Dave Grohl endured the embarrassment of having his sixth grade report card shared on national TV during an interview alongside his mother, Virginia Grohl, on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Wednesday. The Grohls were on hand to discuss Virginia's new book, From Cradle to Stage: Stories From the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars.

Colbert happily detailed Grohl's poor marks in categories like "Respects Authority" and "Accepts Responsibility," though the rocker jumped in to defend himself, quipping, "You know I gotta be honest: I was kicking ass up until first grade, »

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