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Jennifer Lawrence to Star in Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Burial Rites’ (Exclusive)

Jennifer Lawrence to Star in Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Burial Rites’ (Exclusive)
Luca Guadagnino, currently drumming up Oscar buzz for the ravishing “Call Me by Your Name,” will direct Jennifer Lawrence in “Burial Rites,” Variety has learned. Lawrence will produce, as well as star in the true-crime drama. TriStar Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures, has worldwide rights to the picture.

The film draws on Hannah Kent’s 2013 novel of the same name, and centers on Agnes Magnusdottir (Lawrence), the last woman to be publicly executed in Iceland in 1830. Agnes was sentenced to death for killing two men and setting fire to their home. The story takes place as Agnes awaits confirmation of her death sentence by the high court, a period of time that finds her reluctantly forging emotional and romantic bonds, while reflecting on her supposed crimes.

In addition to “Call Me by Your Name,” a romantic drama that’s received critical raves and just picked up three Golden Globe nominations, Guadagnino directed
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Woody Harrelson in Talks to Join Tom Hardy in 'Venom'

Woody Harrelson in Talks to Join Tom Hardy in 'Venom'
Woody Harrelson may become entangled in Venom's web.

The actor is in talks for an undisclosed role in Venom, the Tom Hardy-led Spider-Man off-shoot from Sony. 

Hardy is starring as the popular Marvel Comics antihero with Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams and Jenny Slate also on the roll call.

If a deal makes, it would mark a reunion for Harrelson with director Ruben Fleischer, who directed the actor in the hit 2009 zombie comedy Zombieland. Venom is already deep into production - filming began in October - and rumors of Harrelson's involvement and swirled on-and-off.

Sony, who had no comment., will release Venom on...
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Jim Broadbent Joins Robert Downey Jr. in Universal’s ‘Voyage of Doctor Dolittle’ (Exclusive)

Jim Broadbent Joins Robert Downey Jr. in Universal’s ‘Voyage of Doctor Dolittle’ (Exclusive)
Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent has been cast in Universal Pictures’ “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle” starring Robert Downey Jr. in the title role.

Dunkirk” actor Harry Collett is also on board to co-star in the pic.

Stephen Gaghan, who most recently directed Matthew McConaughey’s “Gold,” will helm the film from his own screenplay. Tom Shepherd wrote an earlier draft.

The studio acquired the project following a heated bidding war with producers Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum through their Roth Kirschenbaum Films, alongside Susan Downey for Team Downey.
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‘The Punisher’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

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‘The Punisher’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix
Hot off a very well-received first season, Netflix has renewed “The Punisher” for a second season. The Netflix Marvel series stars “The Walking Dead” alum Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, a vigilante out for revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children. Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ben Barnes and Amber Rose Revah also star.

Per usual with the streaming giant, no premiere date was announced for the show’s second season, but it’s likely to come in 2019 or later. Netflix’s 2018 Marvel slate is already packed, with “Jessica Jones” season 2 due March 8, followed later that year (TBA) by the.
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Guillermo del Toro Taps Scott Cooper for ‘Antlers’ and Sets New Project ‘Nightmare Alley’ (Exclusive)

Guillermo del Toro Taps Scott Cooper for ‘Antlers’ and Sets New Project ‘Nightmare Alley’ (Exclusive)
After Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” landed a leading seven nominations at the Golden Globes, Fox Searchlight has ramped up development on two projects with the filmmaker.

Sources tell Variety that Searchlight is in negotiations with “Hostiles” director Scott Cooper to direct the supernatural pic “Antlers,” which del Toro is producing. Del Toro has been a fan of Cooper’s for some time now, and the two were eager to work together.

Del Toro is also setting up a new directing gig, attaching himself to write and direct a remake of the 1947 Fox movie “Nightmare Alley.” Sources indicate that this will likely not be his next directing job, as he still has to pen the script, which he plans to co-write with Kim Morgan.

“I am delighted to continue the producing partnership that has been forged with Fox Searchlight during the making of ‘The Shape of Water,'” del Toro
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Ratings: The Walking Dead Fall Finale Numbers the Worst Since Season 2

Ratings: The Walking Dead Fall Finale Numbers the Worst Since Season 2
In the wake of Sunday’s fall finale of The Walking Dead, the Nielsens delivered to the AMC drama news that was as almost bad as that which Carl shared with Rick, Michonne and viewers in the episode’s last seconds: According to our sister site Variety, “How It’s Gotta Be” was the series’ lowest-rated midseason finale since Season 2 back in 2011.

The plus-sized installment — in which Negan and the Saviors struck back against the AHK (Alexandria/Hilltop/Kingdom) uprising — averaged a 3.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.9 million viewers.
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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Heads for $425M-Plus Global Blastoff

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Heads for $425M-Plus Global Blastoff
The Force is getting ready to strike the global box office once again.

Disney and Lucasfilms' Star Wars: The Last Jedi begins opening in select foreign markets midweek before blasting off in North America and other major territories on Friday. That excludes China, where the tentpole doesn't roll out until Jan. 5.

By all accounts, the sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens should gross $425 million-plus by Sunday to secure one of the five best worldwide openings of all time, not accounting for inflation. That includes a North American take in the $200 million range, the best...
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Ari Sandel Tapped to Direct ‘Goosebumps’ Sequel

Ari Sandel Tapped to Direct ‘Goosebumps’ Sequel
Ari Sandel has been brought on board to direct a sequel to “Goosebumps,” Variety has learned.

It is unclear, however, if this “Goosebumps” follow up will be the next one to hit theaters or if it will even get made at all. Sony, which is backing the movie, has two versions in development. One of these scripts features original star Jack Black, and one does not. There are scheduling concerns involving the actor. The pressure is mounting, and Sony had better make a decision soon about which film it wants to make if it has a chance of hitting its September 21, 2018 release date.

The studio has tapped Rob Lieber (“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”) to write one of these scripts. The first “Goosebumps,” was a modest hit, having grossed $150.2 million worldwide on a reported $58 million budget. Sony is looking to trim costs on this iteration.

Sandel’s credits include “The Duff,
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Universal Crosses $5 Billion Mark at 2017 Worldwide Box Office

Universal Crosses $5 Billion Mark at 2017 Worldwide Box Office
Universal Pictures has topped $5 billion at the global box office for the second time in the studio’s 105-year history, led by “The Fate of the Furious” and “Despicable Me 3.”

The global total for the studio passed the milestone on Dec. 11 to reach $5.003 billion, including $1.605 billion domestically and $3.398 billion internationally. Universal joined Disney and Warner Bros. in reaching the mark this year, with Disney hitting the milestone on Nov. 30 and Warner doing so five days later.

The Fate of the Furious” had the biggest global opening weekend of all time at $542 million — breaking the record set by 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” It was also the top international opening ever at $443.2 million.

The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth film in the franchise, earned $1.23 billion worldwide in what’s the 11th-largest total of all time. It is only the sixth film in history to cross $1 billion at the international box office and is also the
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Howard Gottfried, Producer on 'Network' and 'Altered States,' Dies at 94

Howard Gottfried, Producer on 'Network' and 'Altered States,' Dies at 94
Howard Gottfried, the Oscar-nominated producer who teamed with famed screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky on Network, The Hospital and Altered States, has died. He was 94.

Gottfried suffered a stroke and died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his daughter, Norah Weinstein, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Gottfried earned his Academy Award nomination for producing Sidney Lumet's Network (1976), which did not win the best picture trophy but did take four Oscars — for Chayefsky and actors Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight — amid its 10 noms.

The producer was...
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Disney-Fox Deal Expected for Thursday (Report)

Disney-Fox Deal Expected for Thursday (Report)
A mega deal between Disney and Fox will be announced on Thursday, according to a new report on CNBC.

The $60 billion-plus pact will see Disney acquire key entertainment and sports assets from 21st Century Fox, including its film and TV studio. The CNBC report follows a Monday announcement that Comcast has opted out of its pursuit for Fox.

A spokesman for Fox declined comment. A Disney spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Shares of Disney were up 0.44% in early morning trading to just over $107, while shares of Fox rose .33% to $33.37.

Not all of Fox’s assets will go to Disney. The company will retain Fox News, the Fox broadcast network, and Fox Sports 1, which will be reconstituted into a new, independent company. According to CNBC, that would be worth roughly $10 a share. As part of the deal, Fox shareholders will get a stake in the new company, along with shares of Disney.
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Dreamscape, Spielberg’s Favorite Vr Company, Gets $30 Million From AMC, Nickelodeon

Location-based virtual reality company Dreamscape Immersive closed a $30 million round of funding on Wednesday, spearheaded by AMC Entertainment, Nickelodeon and Dubai billionaire Majid Al Futtaim. The Los Angeles-based company, which uses body-mapping technology to allow up to six people to interact as full-body virtual avatars in a computer-generated world, also received investment from VRSense Solutions Limited, and Image Nation Abu Dhabi. As part of its Series B, AMC put $20 million into the company, which TheWrap reported in September. Dreamscape already had the backing of some major Hollywood players, including 21st Century Fox, Warner Bros. and Steven Spielberg. “We started Dreamscape Immersive with the.
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SAG Awards’ Winners and Losers: ‘Lady Bird’ and ‘Get Out’ Get a Boost, ‘The Post’ Doesn’t

SAG Awards’ Winners and Losers: ‘Lady Bird’ and ‘Get Out’ Get a Boost, ‘The Post’ Doesn’t
Daniel Kaluuya from “Get Out” is a legitimate Oscar contender. Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and Daniel Day-Lewis are not as invincible as we think. And the Oscar winner for Best Picture will be “The Big Sick,” “Lady Bird,” “Get Out,” “Mudbound” or “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Those are among the conclusions that you could reach based on Wednesday morning’s Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, which dealt a blow to a few presumed frontrunners and just might have put a handful of smaller films in the driver’s seat at the Oscars. Remember, last year at this time lots of pundits (including.
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‘Titanic,’ ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Superman’ Added to National Film Registry

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‘Titanic,’ ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Superman’ Added to National Film Registry
Titanic,” “Superman” and “The Goonies” are among 25 titles selected into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, it was announced Wednesday. These films were selected for their cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance and range from “La Bamba” to “Die Hard,” spanning the period 1905 to 2000. The 2017 selections bring the number of films in the registry to 725. Other selections this year include Stanley Kramer’s 1967 “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” Yvonne Rainer’s 1972 film “Lives of Performers,” Christopher Nolan’s “Memento,” “Spartacus” and “Ace in the Hole.” Also Read: That Time James Cameron Almost Hit Harvey Weinstein With.
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Watch Judd Apatow Talk Meeting Bruce Springsteen on 'Fallon'

Watch Judd Apatow Talk Meeting Bruce Springsteen on 'Fallon'
Longtime Bruce Springsteen fan Judd Apatow talked about his one interaction with the rock legend on Tuesday's Tonight Show.

Apatow, in New York to promote his new Netflix comedy special as well as catch Springsteen's Broadway residency, told Jimmy Fallon, "I've only met him once before, which was in 1991, Garry Shandling hosted the Grammys and I was writing for him, and I said to Garry, 'We're taking a picture with Bruce Springsteen because you're the host and you're allowed to do that.'"

Apatow previously posted the photo with Springsteen
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Funny or Die Releases Faux 'Star Wars' Indie

Funny or Die Releases Faux 'Star Wars' Indie
If there was ever an indie film about the Star Wars universe, this very well might be what it looks like.

With the release of The Last Jedi just days away, Funny or Die posted an almost three-minute trailer looking at a forbidden galactic love. 

Storm: A Star Wars Indie tells the emotional (hilarious) story of one Stormtrooper, Ian, whose heart just wasn't in his duties for the Empire because it belonged to another. 

After meeting an alien named Teedo, only then does Ian realize what he is missing out on in life. Of course, his ailing father, also once a Stromtrooper, is...
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Mika Brzezinski: ‘Sexist Pig’ Trump Sexually Harassed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (Video)

Mika Brzezinski: ‘Sexist Pig’ Trump Sexually Harassed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (Video)
Mika Brzezinski delivered a blistering monologue Wednesday calling President Trump a “sexist pig” guilty of “sexually harassing” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Twitter. After “Morning Joe” played a clip of White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders defending Trump’s tweet about Gillibrand on Tuesday, Brzezinski’s rage boiled over. “I want to know how she does that and where the chief of staff is or where anyone else in the White House is this morning, or where they were when that tweet went out yesterday. The president should have taken it down,” said Brzezinski. Also Read: Mika Brzezinski Questions #MeToo Movement: 'I'm Just Wondering If All Women.
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New ‘Annihilation’ Trailer: The Stakes Are High for Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh (Video)

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New ‘Annihilation’ Trailer: The Stakes Are High for Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh (Video)
Paramount Pictures has released a new trailer for “Annihilation,” in which it becomes more clear why Natalie Portman is a part of a team that needs to explore an unknown environmental disaster zone. In the trailer, we see Lena the Biologist (Portman) interact with her husband, played by Oscar Isaac, who goes on an expedition and never returns. Lena is then summoned by the Psychologist (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to go on a mission into Area X. “We sent in drones and people, but nothing comes back,” the Psychologist tells Lena. See Video: 'Annihilation' First Teaser: Natalie Portman Goes on Mysterious Journey to.
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'Star Wars': Richard Pryor Once Bartended at the Mos Eisley Cantina

'Star Wars': Richard Pryor Once Bartended at the Mos Eisley Cantina
The skit is as glorious as it is bizarre and random.

The late, legendary actor Richard Pryor once bartended at the Mos Eisley Cantina — or at least he pretended to for laughs.

In a lost clip from the short-lived Richard Pryor Show, the iconic stand-up slings drinks in a seedy space bar meant to resemble the classic watering hole from 1977's Star Wars: A New Hope.

There are numerous laugh-out-loud moments as Pryor talks sports with some aliens, tells others to get a room, eyeballs a view and finally gets into a fight with a customer. And yes, Pryor does...
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Apple Invests $390 Million in Facial Recognition Tech

Apple Invests $390 Million in Facial Recognition Tech
Fresh off dropping $400 million on acquiring song-recognition app Shazam, Apple continued its spending spree on Wednesday, investing $390 million into Finisar, a key company behind the iPhone X’s new facial recognition software. Finisar will use the cash infusion to further its research and development, and boost its production of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VSELs). Lasers already play a major role in several iPhone features, including Face ID, portrait mode, and Animojis. With the investment, Finisar will open a 700,000 square foot in Sherman, Texas, and hire 500 workers to start churning out more VCSELs. Also Read: Harry Styles Filled in for James...
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