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Disney Channel’s ‘Descendants 2’ Gets Mega-Premiere Across Five Networks

3 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Descendants 2” — the sequel to the hit Disney Channel Original Movie “Descendants” — is getting a massive boost for its summer premiere with a simultaneous debut across five different networks in Disney/ABC Television Group, including a primetime broadcast slot.

Descendants 2” will premiere on the Disney Channel, Disney Xd, Freeform, Lifetime and ABC on Friday, July 21 at 8 p.m. The TV movie will also be available on-demand and on those five networks’ digital platforms.

The announcement was made by Ben Sherwood, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, who said, “‘Descendants’ fans asked for more, and we’ve answered their call, with more ways to watch and more ways to engage with the next chapter in their favorite TV movie,” said Sherwood. “We’re combining the magic of Disney Channel content with the power and reach of our linear networks and digital platforms to ensure we’re everywhere our fans are all at the »


- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Cannes: Will Smith, Paolo Sorrentino Join Festival Jury; Full Lineup Announced

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actors Will Smith and Fan Bingbing and directors Paolo Sorrentino and Maren Ade will serve on the 70th Cannes Film Festival’s jury, whose full lineup was unveiled by festival organizers Tuesday.

Smith, Fan, Ade and Oscar-winner Sorrentino join previously announced jurors Jessica Chastain and Pedro Almodovar, who will preside over the panel. Rounding out the jury that will decide the winner of the Palme d’Or are French actress Agnès Jaoui, South Korean director Park Chan-wook and French composer Gabriel Yared.

Spanish helmer Almodovar, who won the festival’s best director prize in 1999 for “All About My Mother” and best screenplay for 2006’s “Volver,” was named as jury president in January. The festival’s artistic director, Thierry Fremaux, revealed that two-time Oscar nominee Chastain would serve on the official competition jury during an interview with French radio earlier this month. The actress’ breakout role came in Terrence Malick’s »


- Robert Mitchell

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Taissa Farmiga joins The Conjuring spinoff The Nun

18 hours ago | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Ugh! There's something about undead religious figures that unnerves me right to my core. Be it a bloodstained clergymen, a pale faced, over-tired-looking nun, or a grouping of forlorn disciples from the pages of The Bible, I want nothing to do with it. That being said, New Line seems to take no issue with this manner of imagery seeing as they've announced that Taissa Farmiga will step... Read More »


- Steve Seigh

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Rumor: ‘Mr. Robot’ Creator Sam Esmail Might Be Writing An Obi-Wan Kenobi ‘Star Wars’ Story

24 April 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Only yesterday, it felt like there were “Star Wars” movies and spin-offs scheduled up the wazoo, but it’s not going to be long before we actually run out of them. If the current release plans hold, we’ll get three films in the mega-franchise in the next twenty-four months — with “The Last Jedi” hitting this Christmas, the Han Solo spin-off landing in May 2018, and Colin Trevorrow’s “Episode IX” following a year later — but there’s nothing solid that’s been publicly announced after that.

Continue reading Rumor: ‘Mr. Robot’ Creator Sam Esmail Might Be Writing An Obi-Wan Kenobi ‘Star Wars’ Story at The Playlist. »


- Oliver Lyttelton

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Michael Mann Returns To TV With Vietnam War Miniseries ‘Huê 1968’

24 April 2017 9:21 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Today, Michael Mann is predominately associated with the big screen — indeed, few filmmakers make movies quite as big and cinematic as things like “The Last Of The Mohicans,” “Heat,” “Public Enemies” and yes, our beloved “Blackhat” (you’ll learn to like it one day, fools). But the director made his name in TV, initially writing on “Starsky & Hutch” before creating the acclaimed “Police Story,” and helping to shepherd the iconic “Miami Vice” and the less well known, but highly influential “Crime Story.

Continue reading Michael Mann Returns To TV With Vietnam War Miniseries ‘Huê 1968’ at The Playlist. »


- Oliver Lyttelton

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ Review Roundup: Critics Agree It Doesn’t Outdo Original

24 April 2017 7:49 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The first reviews for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” are in and the consensus is mostly positive, although many critics deemed the outing a “sophomore slump.” While there’s a lot about “Vol. 2” that stands on its own merits, many noted that it still feels like a disappointment when comparing it to the first film released in 2014. Alonso Duralde said over on TheWrap that the film does a better job at answering questions posed from the first than presenting a unique narrative to separate it from the first. “‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'” is more interested in filling. »


- Carli Velocci

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How a 20-Year-Old Filmmaker Wrote, Directed and Starred In Her Feature Directorial Debut — Tribeca 2017

24 April 2017 9:17 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Filmmaker Quinn Shephard didn’t go to film school — instead, she made her own. The New Jersey native was just 15 when she came up with the idea for what would become her feature directorial debut “Blame,” a modern high school-set take on Arthur Miller’s classic play “The Crucible.” Seven years later, Shephard is at the Tribeca Film Festival with the film, one that she not only stars in, but also wrote, directed, edited and produced. At 21, she’s reached a benchmark that usually filmmakers a few more years of work.

The film follows Shephard as high school outcast Abigail Grey, who returns to high school after a mysterious incident the year before, only to form a taboo bond with her new drama teacher (Chris Messina). As their relationship blossoms in very unexpected ways, Abigail’s nemesis Melissa (Nadia Alexander) observes from afar, continually threatening to bust the entire situation wide open (a witch hunt? »


- Kate Erbland

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Faye Dunaway Felt ‘Very Guilty’ About Best Picture Mistake at the Oscars

16 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Faye Dunaway is finally speaking out about her role in #EnvelopeGate, two months after the now-infamous 89th Academy Awards best picture gaffe.

The Oscar-winning “Network” actress sat down with anchor Lester Holt on “NBC Nightly News” Monday, recounting the moments leading up to the mistake.

Dunaway and co-presenter Warren Beatty were responsible for announcing the night’s final award when she accidentally called out “La La Land” instead of “Moonlight.”

“[Beatty] took the card out, and he didn’t say anything. He paused, he looked over me, off-stage, he looked around, and I finally said, ‘You’re impossible.’ I thought he was joking! A dramatic pause.”

The confusion was cleared up moments later when the “La La Land” producers were informed they had lost, prompting both movies’ casts and crews to awkwardly crowd the stage.

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- JD Knapp

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Harry Styles to Perform Week-Long Residency on ‘Late Late Show’

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Harry Styles will appear in a week-long residency on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” in May, CBS announced Tuesday.

From May 15-May 18, Styles will appear in each episode of the late-night series, during which he will perform a new song off his self-titled debut album each night and join Corden for various segments. Styles returns to “The Late Late Show” with a tattoo of the show’s logo on his arm that he received during his Dec. 3, 2015 appearance, when he lost a game of “Tattoo Roulette.”

Styles is a former member of One Direction, but recently ventured out as a solo artist. Earlier this month, he appeared on “Saturday Night Live,” where he appeared in multiple sketches and performed his new songs “Sign of the Times” and “Ever Since New York.”

His self-titled debut album will be released globally on May 12. The 10-track album features the lead single “Sign of the Times,” which »


- Joe Otterson

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Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ Claims Largest Demo Ratings Win Since Trump Inauguration

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The Tonight Show” still hasn’t reclaimed its previous total-viewer crown, but Jimmy Fallon’s late-night program just delivered its largest demo ratings win since before President Trump’s inauguration. The NBC series topped its CBS competition among adults 18-49 by 42 percent last week, with a 0.64 versus Stephen Colbert’s 0.45 average. CBS’ “The Late Show” brought in more overall audience members per episode, however, with 2.826 million versus Fallon’s 2.591 million. Also Read: Colbert: 'Donald Trump Has Done a Lot for Me in the First 100 Days' (Video) More to come … »


- Tony Maglio

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CNN, ‘CBS Evening News’ Lead Peabody Awards Winners

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CNN and the “CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley” were among the 2016 Peabody Awards winners announced on Tuesday morning by the board of jurors. Two NBC affiliates join the big networks among winners in the news category. NBC’s Kntv Bay Area won for “Arrested at School: Criminalizing Classroom Misbehavior,” and NBC’s Wthr-tv Indianapolis was honored for “Charity Caught on Camera” and “Dangerous Exposure.” Host Rashida Jones will honor all winners at the 76th Annual Peabody Awards ceremony on May 20 in New York. The event will be taped for a television special to air on both PBS and Fusion networks on June 2. Also. »


- Brian Flood

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WGA Resumes Talks With AMPTP After Strike Authorization Vote

22 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Writers Guild of America will return to the negotiating table today with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers after members voted yes Monday to authorizing a strike. In a letter to their members, the WGA wrote, “Dear Colleague- The results of our strike authorization vote are now in. 96.3% of you have voted Yes. 6,310 ballots were cast. 67.5% of eligible WGA members voted, a historic turnout. We thank you for your resolve and your faith in us as your representatives. We are determined to achieve a fair contract. Talks will resume tomorrow.” In a statement issued shortly after the. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Anjelica Huston to Be Honored at Seattle International Film Festival

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Academy Award-winning actress Anjelica Huston will be honored with the Career Achievement In Acting Award at the 43rd annual Seattle International Film Festival (Siff), the fest announced this morning.

The tribute event will take place on June 7, prior to a screening of her new movie, “Trouble,” written and directed by renowned playwright and two-time Emmy nominee Theresa Rebeck. Huston also serves as an executive producer on “Trouble,” which casts her and Bill Pullman as feuding siblings.

In addition to “Trouble,” the festival will be screening two of Huston’s films from 1990, “The Grifters” and “The Witches.” More information and tickets are available at the festival’s website, http://www.siff.net.

Huston was born into a film dynasty that includes her father, director John Huston, and her grandfather, actor Walter Huston. She won an Oscar for her role in 1985’s “Prizzi’s Honor,” directed by her father, and was nominated »


- Jenelle Riley

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Jonathan Helfgot Returns to Fox as Evp of Theatrical Marketing

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Jonathan Helfgot will return to Twentieth Century Fox as Evp of Theatrical Marketing, the studio announced Tuesday. The executive, who most recently served as marketing president for Open Road Films, rejoins the studio where he had worked from 2004 t0 2011, ultimately as Svp of marketing strategy. Beginning May 8, Helfgot will report to Pam Levine, Tcff’s President of Global Marketing, and his appointment is effective May 8. Also Read: Open Road Names Loren Schwartz President of Marketing as Jonathan Helfgot Exits “We are thrilled to have Jonathan join our team in this pivotal role where his strategic instincts and overall breadth of. »


- Thom Geier

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Blumhouse, Meridian Form Multi-Year Co-Financing Agreement (Exclusive)

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Meridian Entertainment has reached a film financing agreement with Blumhouse Productions, the makers of “The Purge” and “Insidious,” Variety has learned.

The pact is a multi-year one and will cover all Blumhouse films outside of the production company’s overall deal with Universal Pictures. The partners first film will be a remake of Benji, the long-running series of films about a mixed-breed dog with a preternatural ability to rescue humans.

The deal comes after a wave of successes for Blumhouse and its founder Jason Blum. The studio recently scored back-to-back box office hits with Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” a buzzy thriller about race relations, and M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split,” a psychological horror film about a man with 23 distinct personalities. The company’s films have made $2.8 billion, but what makes them particularly valuable to studios is they carry small budgets, typically between $5 million to $10 million. That means they are »


- Brent Lang

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Former ‘Bachelor’ Chris Soules Arrested for Leaving the Scene of a Deadly Crash

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Former “Bachelor” contestant Chris Soules — known by many as “Prince Farming” — was arrested early Tuesday morning after a deadly car crash. TheWrap has learned that Soules was taken into custody by the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office in Iowa after the truck he was driving rear-ended a tractor at around 8 p.m. Monday night. According to local station Kwwl, both vehicles went into a ditch. The person driving the tractor died and Soules fled the scene, leaving his truck behind. Soules was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident where a death occurred. Also Read: 'The Bachelor' Season. »


- Carli Velocci

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Open Road Taps Loren Schwartz to Replace Jonathan Helfgot as Marketing President

41 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Open Road Films has shaken up its marketing operation, naming Loren Schwartz to replace Jonathan Helfgot as president of marketing.

Schwartz will report directly to Open Road Films CEO Tom Ortenberg, who also made the announcement Tuesday.

Helfgot came on board slightly over a year ago, replacing Jason Cassidy in the post. That shuffle came a month after Open Road’s “Spotlight” had won best picture at the Academy Awards.

Helfgot is returning to 20th Century Fox, where he will be exec VP of theatrical marketing and report to Pam Levine, president of global marketing. He previously worked at Fox in a number of roles from 2004 to 2011.

Open Road also announced that Liz Biber has been promoted to president of publicity and will continue to report to Ortenberg. Biber has been head of publicity since the company’s inception in 2011.

Schwartz was previously executive VP of marketing at Screen Gems »


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TV Ratings: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Even Despite Surprise Elimination

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Dancing With the Stars” stayed about even in the overnight ratings compared to last week, even though this week’s episode saw a couple get eliminated despite a perfect score from the judges.

The episode drew a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.3 million viewers, airing at 8 p.m. That was down just slightly from last week’s episode, which drew a 1.8 and 11.2 million viewers. It represented a drop of approximately 7% in the demo and 8% in total viewers week-to-week. Nevertheless, it was still the number one show of the night in total viewers and number two in the demo.

Immediately after “Dancing With the Stars,” a new episode of “Quantico” (0.6, 2.9 million) was up significantly in the demo from last week.

On NBC, “The Voice” (1.9, 9.3 million) was the top-rated show of the night in the demo. “Taken” (0.8, 4.6 million) followed at 10 p.m.

CBS aired only repeats.

For Fox, the spring premiere of “Gotham” (0.9, 2.9 million) returned down in both measures »


- Joe Otterson

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Inside Netflix's 'El Chapo': How a Cartel Kingpin Became a Pop Outlaw

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The most memorable images of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman paint him as an almost cartoonish figure: a stout, mustachioed man disappearing down a hole underneath the shower in his jail cell like a mole; a dirt-smeared fugitive being manhandled by military police as he's marched into prison. But the cartel kingpin who had dominated the drug trafficking industry for the past two and a half decades was a cunning, ruthless criminal, one who held positions in most wanted lists from the Chicago Crime Commission to Interpol. His submarines, airplanes and »


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Open Road Marketing Shake-Up: Loren Schwartz Replacing Jonathan Helfgot as President

55 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

For the second time in 13 months, Open Road Films has named a new marketing president. The indie studio is tapping Loren Schwartz to take the marketing reins. She is replacing Jonathan Helfgot, who is leaving Open Road.

Schwartz will report directly to Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg. Helfgot took over Open Road's marketing department just last year, when he replaced Jason Cassidy.

The move comes as Open Road struggles at the box office, most recently as the big-budget Armenian genocide drama The Promise earned just $4 million in its opening weekend. Open Road's high-profile Snowden from Oliver Stone took »


- Tatiana Siegel

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