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Woody Harrelson in Talks to Join Tom Hardy in 'Venom'

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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 »


- Borys Kit

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Emmys: TV Academy Unveils Category Changes

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Ahead of the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards next September, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is clarifying a few of its more opaque categories through name-changes or expansions.

The Outstanding Variety Special and Special Class categories have been restructured to eliminate the confusion of defining "special class," and instead are now Outstanding Variety Special (Live) and Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded).

Additionally, Outstanding Costumes for a Period/Fantasy Series, Limited Series or Movie is now split into two categories: Outstanding Period Costumes and Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes. Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming is now split into two categories: Outstanding Directing for a »

- Scott Feinberg

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Jennifer Lawrence, 'Call Me By Your Name' Director Partnering on True Crime Feature

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Jennifer Lawrence will star in a 19th century true crime drama from Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino.

Burial Rites, based on the Hannah Kent novel of the same name, follows 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, with the story taking place as Agnes awaits confirmation of her death sentence by the high court.

The feature is set up at Sony's TriStar, with studio president Hannah Minghella and Shary Shirazi overseeing.

The project was previously set up at »


- Mia Galuppo

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Kate Bosworth Returns to CAA (Exclusive)

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Kate Bosworth has returned to CAA after six months at ICM Partners, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

She can currently be seen opposite Jason Ritter in National Geographic’s miniseries The Long Road Home, based on journalist Martha Raddatz’s account of the 2004 Iraq War incident known as “Black Sunday.” Next up is MGM’s post-apocalyptic survival thriller The Domestics, in which she stars alongside Tyler Hoechlin.

Earlier this year she produced the indie feature Nona alongside her husband, Michael Polish, who directed the drama about sex trafficking in Central America. The film is produced by the couple’s Make »


- Rebecca Sun

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Jada Pinkett Smith Calls Out HFPA for 'Girls Trip' Golden Globes Snub

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Jada Pinkett Smith is voicing her displeasure over this year's Golden Globes nominations. Taking to Twitter, the Girls Trip star called out the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for looking over the film, and Pinkett Smith's costar Tiffany Haddish, in its nomination process.

"I'm not upset about @TiffanyHaddish or @GirlsTripMovie not getting a nom... I'm discouraged about the fact that the Hollywood Foreign Press/@goldenglobes wouldn't even Watch the movie," Pinkett Smith tweeted. 

Girls Trip was eligible for Golden Globe nominations this year. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, HFPA members were invited to the film's premiere »


- Patrick Shanley

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Jessica Chastain Worried Weinstein Opinions Could Hurt Her Career

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Speaking with the New York Times about her Golden Globe nomination, Jessica Chastain revealed she was worried that her career would be hurt after she spoke out against the many alleged harassers and assaulters in the entertainment industry that have been exposed in recent weeks.

"To be honest, I'm mainly surprised about my nomination,” Chastain told the Times after receiving a best actress nomination Monday for her role in Molly’s Game. The actress has taken a strong stand on Twitter ever since the first allegations against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein were reported by the Times, more than two »


- Lexy Perez

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Prince William, Prince Harry Land at 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi's' London Premiere

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As suspected, Prince William and Prince Harry stepped out Tuesday night for the London premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

It's not surprising that the royals would make an appearance at the premiere, given that John Boyega revealed in August that the royals would make a cameo as Stormtroopers in Rian Johnson's film. The princes are rumored to be joined by Tom Hardy and English singer Gary Barlow.

In November, sources told The Hollywood Reporter that all four men also appear together in the same scene, when they're seen guarding Boyega's character, Finn, in an elevator.

Boyega later confirmed the reports during a »


- Stephanie Chan

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Regina Hall in Talks to Join Samuel L. Jackson in 'Shaft' Sequel

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Regina Hall is in negotiations to join New Line Cinema's Shaft sequel, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Tim Story is directing the movie, which is seen as a continuation of the story of the private detective that first appeared in the 1971 blaxploitation action pic that became a pop culture phenomenon. Samuel L. Jackson is reprising the role he first played in John Singleton's 2000 update, with Jessie T. Usher playing Shaft's son. Hall is in talks to play Shaft's former love interest and Usher's onscreen mother. Alexandra Shipp and the original Shaft, Richard Roundtree, are among the confirmed cast.

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New Leaf Literary Signs Breakout Author Rena Barron (Exclusive)

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New Leaf Literary & Media, the lit firm behind the Divergent franchise as well as films such as American Honey, has signed hot newcomer writer Rena Barron for representation.

Barron wrote The Last Witchdoctor, a debut novel that is currently making the rounds and generating buzz in publishing circles. The book was showcased in last month’s PitchWars contest, where it became the most requested Ya manuscript in the online contest’s six-year history, with 43 lit agents going after it.

Set in a West African-inspired fantasy kingdom and having a tone comparable to Wonder Woman, Last Witchdoctor centers on a young »


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'Jumanji' Premiere: Why Everyone Wants to Be The Rock

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An adventure for those who seek to find a way to leave their world behind. The famous line from the 1995 Robin Williams classic, Jumanji may as well have been Sony's slogan for its Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle premiere in Hollywood on Monday night.

Jungle-themed party, including jungle juice, life-like safari animals and trees galore, check. The chance to jump out of a fake helicopter, check. The film's stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Nick Jonas, Karen Gillan, check. 

The studio recreated an adventure similar to that in the film for every fan in attendance. "It's all about the »


- Brian Porreca

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James Earl Jones Didn't Believe Darth Vader Was Luke's Father

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James Earl Jones wasn't buying it. 

When the beloved actor read his script for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Jones thought for sure Darth Vader was putting Luke Skywalker on when he made the huge reveal. 

In a previous interview unearthed by Heat Vision, Jones said, "When I first saw the dialogue that said, 'Luke, I am your father,' I said to myself, 'He's lying. I wonder how they are going to play that lie out?'" 

In a separate interview, Jones said he was looking forward to voicing Vader once again in The Empire Strikes Back because he wanted to explore the character. George »


- Ryan Parker

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Howard Gottfried, Producer on 'Network' and 'Altered States,' Dies at 94

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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 »


- Mike Barnes

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' — What the Critics Are Saying

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The reviews Star Wars: The Last Jedi are coming in at light speed.

Anticipation for the film from writer-director Rian Johnson could not be higher, so all eyes have been waiting for reviews to drop ahead of the film's Friday release. Here's what the critics are saying about The Last Jedi.

The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy writes: "Loaded with action and satisfying in the ways its loyal audience wants it to be, writer-director Rian Johnson's plunge into George Lucas' universe is generally pleasing even as it sometimes strains to find useful and/or interesting things for some of its »


- Aaron Couch

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'Phantom Thread': Daniel Day-Lewis' Co-Stars Talk Relationship Dynamics

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Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread explores the world of the 1950s fashion industry in London. In what he's said will be his last acting role, Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Reynolds Woodcock, a prestigious but controlling designer who takes waitress Alma (Vicky Krieps) under his wing both professionally and romantically. As he embarks on a complicated relationship with his new muse, viewers get an inside look at his dynamics with both Alma and his sister and business partner Cyril (Lesley Manville).

“She’s a strong-willed country girl, very determined, very close to the ground and very close to her heart,” Krieps told »


- Katherine Schaffstall

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi': Film Review

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Star Wars has now occupied a galaxy of its own in the zeitgeist for 40 years and shows no signs of disappearing anytime soon; to the contrary, each new year brings a new Star Wars film of one kind or another, so using the word “last” in connection with anything to do with the series seems a bit disingenuous. Rather, this latest, and longest, franchise entry has the decided feel of a passing-of-the-torch from one set of characters, and actors, to the next. Loaded with action and satisfying in the ways its loyal audience wants it to be, »


- Todd McCarthy

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Watch the Transformation of 'The Shape of Water's' Fish-Man in Behind-the-Scenes Video

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"If I told you about her, the princess without voice, what would I say?" 

Guillermo del Toro's latest entry into the annual Awards race, The Shape of Water, harkens back to timeless love stories but with a fantastical twist. Sally Hawkins' Eliza Esposito, who works as a cleaner at an aerospace facility and was rendered mute from a childhood injury, falls for the facility's "asset," hailing from the underwater depths of South America, who del Toro said, "needed to have a nice butt" in order to entice his leading lady to fall for his charms.

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Zendaya Plays Charades, Talks 'Greatest Showman' Co-Star Zac Efron on 'The Tonight Show'

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Zendaya wasn't allowed to use her singing voice during her visit to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday night (Dec. 11). In fact, she wasn't allowed to use her voice at all as she teamed up with Fallon in hopes of defeating actor Billy Crudup and The Roots' Black Thought for a spirited, holiday-themed game of charades.

Zendaya was up first -- she went with the clue behind No. 3, her lucky number -- and was tasked with acting out "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus." Success. Point: Fallon and Zendaya

Crudup struggled a bit, though, which was surprising seeing »


- Megan Armstrong, Billboard

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Why 'Coco' Composer's Score Had to Be "Born Out of the Story"

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Coco composer Michael Giacchino, 50, was a priority. That meant not only getting the right music for the score but also for the sounds of the environment. "Music is being played in the streets," says the longtime Pixar collaborator on films including Inside Out, Ratatouille and Up, for which he won an Oscar. "We wanted that to feel legit."

Getting there meant a lot of research and attention to detail. "I was very lucky to work with [songwriters] Germaine Franco and Camilo Lara, both of »


- Carolyn Giardina

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'Coco': How Pixar Brought Its "Day of the Dead" Story to Life

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Coco — its Pixar movie (reportedly costing $175 million) set on the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead — the normally politically sensitive studio made a slight misstep. It tried to trademark the name Dia de los Muertos. The backlash was understandably ferocious, with a petition against Disney drawing more than 20,000 signatures.

"[It] purely had to do with us not having a title yet," says director Lee Unkrich. "That triggered a bunch of stuff, and it really blew up. It was heartbreaking for me, because we were working »


- Carolyn Giardina

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'Get Out' Named Best Film by African American Film Critics Association

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The African American Film Critics Association has unveiled its picks for the top films and TV series of the year, bestowing Get Out with the award for best picture of 2017. Jordan Peele's horror-comedy also earned the awards for best directing, screenplay and actor (Daniel Kaluuya).

The world’s largest group of professional Black film critics also gave acting nods to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri's Frances McDormand, Last Flag Flying's Laurence FishburneGirls Trip's Tiffany Haddish and Crown HeightsLakeith StanfieldGook, Coco, Detroit, Step and Mudbound were also among the recognized films. ABC's Black-ish and OWN's Queen Sugar were named the top TV »


- Ashley Lee

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