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Ricky Gervais Talks "Insatiable" Fame, Jabs Trump and Teases New Sitcom

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Ricky Gervais sat down with The Hollywood Reporter's chief television critic Tim Goodman, as part of THR's TV Talks series, to discuss returning to standup comedy in his Humanity tour and playing his beloved, epically delusional character from BBC's The Office onscreen for the first time in over a decade. (He also took a few jabs at Donald Trump, performed a David Brent number, recalled his worst audition memories and even took a bathroom break in the middle of the chat.)

“I’m so glad I’ve left it this long because the world has changed,” he said of reprising his role in the Netflix »


- Ashley Lee

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John Cusack, Christina Ricci to Topline Cyber Thriller 'Distorted' (Exclusive)

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John Cusack and Christina Ricci will star in thriller Distorted from Minds Eye Entertainment.

Ricci will play an artist who suffers from bi-polar disorder and has just endured the tragedy of losing her child. Disturbing memories prompt her and her husband to move from their home into an upscale apartment building that boasts a modern design and a high-tech security system. When she suspects the building's owner of a nefarious plot to subliminally subjugate the residents, she employs the help of an investigative journalist (Cusack) with an interest in cyber conspiracy.

Brendan Fletcher (The Revenant) will also star in the feature from writer Arne Olsen »


- Mia Galuppo

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'Pirates 5' to Be First Hollywood Feature to Play New Panoramic Cinema Format in U.S.

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Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be the first Hollywood feature to be released in the U.S. for the new panorama-like ScreenX format.

Recently launched ScreenX is a multi-projector, 270-degree cinema system from Seoul-headquartered Cj 4DPlex (the company behind the 4Dx 4D cinema system). According to Cj, the new installment of Pirates is scheduled to play at 83 ScreenX locations around the world, including two in the U.S., Cgv Buena Park and Cgv Cinemas La, both in California. The additional 81 screens are at select theaters in Korea, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Turkey and Indonesia.

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- Carolyn Giardina

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'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' — What the Critics Are Saying

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The reviews for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales are in — and they aren't pretty.

In 2003, Disney debuted a fictitious world based on a theme-park ride, with Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl earning positive reviews and grossing $654 million worldwide. The second and third installments also received praise, but the series took a turn with the fourth installment, giving an impetus for a new direction for the upcoming fifth film.

In the latest movie, Disney tries to reinvigorate the franchise by bringing back not only Johnny Depp, but also Orlando Bloom »


- Kara Haar

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Universal Sets 'Bride of Frankenstein' for 2019

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Universal has set a date for Bride of Frankenstein, and debuted the first photo of the stars it has assembled for its shared universe, the newly titled Dark Universe.

Bride of Frankenstein, from director Bill Condon and screenwriter David Koepp, will open Feb. 14, 2019. In a statement, Universal chairman Donna Langley described the project as the "story of a very modern woman in a very classic tale." Universal said casting for the lead character, first played by Elsa Lanchester in the 1935 classic, will be announced soon.

The studio is pushing ahead with its cinematic monsters universe as it readies to release »


- Aaron Couch

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Cannes: 'Eisenstein in Guanajuato' Prequel in the Works With Hollywood Setting

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So what happened before Sergei Eisenstein’s trip to Mexico?

Peter Greenaway is set to write and direct Eisenstein in Hollywood, a chronological prequel to the biographical romantic comedy Eisenstein in Guanajuato. Released in 2015, the film centered on the acclaimed Soviet director and his alleged homosexual affair with a local guide while filming in Mexico in the 1930s. 

Eisenstein, who was married and died in 1948, and famed for his 1925 silent movie Battleship Potemkin, is considered one of Russia's greatest directors.

Cinatura UK's Kees Kasander will produce the title, with The Works Film & Television Group's Martin McCabe, Brooke Lyndon-Stanford, Deepak Sikka »


- Ashley Lee

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'Logan': Why Removing the Jean Grey Mention Was the Right Move

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For Logan, a moment director James Mangold decided to cut proved to be crucial to the film's whole tone.

On the Logan Blu-ray, due out Tuesday, there are a number of deleted scenes, all of which have commentary by director James Mangold. They are all excellent — and for the most part were cut for time, Mangold explains; all except one — a Jean Grey reference that wouldn't have ruined the movie, but would have made for an utterly depressing film. 

It all begins after the family is done eating. While doing dishes, Kathryn Munson (Elise Neal) asks Logan (Hugh Jackman) if he's married. A despondent Xavier (Patrick »


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Tom Holland to Star in Shawn Levy's 'Uncharted' Adaptation

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Ahead of the July release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, star Tom Holland has already lined up another major franchise.

The British actor is attached to star in Sony's adaptation of the Uncharted video game from director Shawn Levy.

The movie will not follow the plot of the Naughty Dog game, but will be a prequel that follows protagonist Drake as a young treasure hunter learning the tricks of the thieving trade from his will-be mentor, Sully. The latest script comes from Joe Carnahan.

The long-gestating project has seen numerous directors — including Seth Gordon, David O. Russell and Neil Burger — try their »


- Mia Galuppo

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'Angry Birds Movie' Sequel Set for 2019 Release

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Sony is set for a second Angry Birds Movie.

Columbia Pictures and Rovio Entertainment announced that a sequel to last year's animated film will hit theaters on Sept. 20, 2019, a release date coinciding with the tenth anniversary of the original mobile gaming app. It will open ahead of Universal's animated adventure Everest and a Warner Bros. event film, both of which debut the following week.

Thurop Van Orman will make his feature directorial debut with the followup,  as the flightless birds and scheming green piggies take their beef to the next level. John Rice, who served as lead storyboard artist on The Angry Birds »


- Ashley Lee

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'War Machine': Film Review

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The latest addition to the gallery of darkly comic films designed to make the case for the absurdity of war, War Machine has trouble maintaining a steady tone, but its climactic, sobering assault ultimately hits the target. In his desire to simultaneously portray and mock the authority figures in charge of the American war effort in Afghanistan (now the longest armed conflict in American history), writer-director David Michod is clearly trying to channel the Stanley Kubrick of Dr. Strangelove, as well as other satiric works like M*A*S*H, Catch-22, Slaughterhouse-Five, Three Kings and Wag the Dog. Despite its troublesomely »


- Todd McCarthy

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Mark Hamill Sure Gets His Name Misspelled Often

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Poor Mark Hamil. Oops, Mark Hamill.

The Star Wars icon known the world over as Luke Skywalker seems to have a heck of a time when it comes to his name being spelled correctly. 

And it is not like children are misspelling it. Hamill has shared multiple instances over the months and years of his name being misspelled during TV interviews, on promotional material and, yes, even Disney is guilty.

Over the weekend, Hamill shared a couple more spelling errors with his more than 1.8 million Twitter followers, all of which he laughs off. 

"That's Mister Marc Hamill to you, »


- Ryan Parker

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'A Violent Life' ('Une vie violente'): Film Review | Cannes 2017

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For his second feature, Corsican-born French filmmaker Thierry de Peretti (Apaches) chose to focus on the violent nationalist struggle that wracked his native island throughout the 1990s. It’s an ambitious project that, in its best moments, sits somewhere between Gomorra and The Godfather, following one young man’s rise – and inevitable fall – within the factional wars that took place between rival militant groups, resulting in dozens of deaths and a major police crackdown.

But despite a worthy cause – Corsica’s tumultuous past has rarely been depicted on screen – and a few standout moments, A Violent Life (Une vie »


- Jordan Mintzer

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'The Workshop' ('L'Atelier'): Film Review | Cannes 2017

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French writer-director Laurent Cantet is perhaps best known for his 2008 Palme d’Or-winning docudrama The Class, but some of his earlier films – especially the haunting unemployment saga Time Out and the taut workplace drama Human Resources – reveal a predilection for dark, character-based thrillers where the line between reality, fiction and a certain kind of madness is not always easy to discern.

These elements are all bound together in his latest feature, The Workshop (L’Atelier), an intense yet true-to-life story about an accomplished writer’s relationship with a student who troubles her as much as he leaves her constantly intrigued. Featuring »


- Jordan Mintzer

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'The Rider': Film Review | Cannes 2017

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The Rider is a rare gem, a small, acutely observed portrait of a few lives on what used to be the frontier but is now a desolate backwater, the windswept badlands around Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Focusing on a young cowboy whose promising future as a top rodeo rider is suddenly jeopardized by a dreadful head injury, this spare and intimate second feature by Chloe Zhao beautifully captures the way a handful of people stoically deal with the meager hands life has dealt them. Commercial prospects are naturally quite modest, but the film will definitely gather a robust core of »


- Todd McCarthy

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What Hollywood Gets Wrong About Military Stories (Guest Column)

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In honor of National Military Appreciation Month in May, I decided to re-watch William Wyler’s 1946 film The Best Years of Our Lives, which follows three WWII servicemen facing the challenges of transitioning to civilian life. The film won seven Academy Awards, including best picture, and proves that a well-told, honest and authentic story is still the most powerful way to instill empathy and provide some understanding of even the most complex emotions and human experiences.

While our military is still a quintessential part of American culture, today’s Hollywood rarely gets it right, often resorting to stereotypes and common tropes to portray »


- David Gale

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'Before We Vanish': Film Review | Cannes 2017

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A sleepy Japanese coastal town becomes the unlikely Ground Zero for a hostile alien invasion of Earth in director Kiyoshi Kurosawa's latest Cannes film festival contender, Before We Vanish. The prolific Kurosawa (Tokyo Sonata, Journey to the Shore) cites John Carpenter and vintage Cold War sci-fi allegories as key influences on his latest genre-blurring comic thriller, but there are other echoes here, too, from Simon Pegg's and Edgar Wright's affectionate fanboy parodies to Lorene Scafaria's 2012 rom-com Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.

Before We Vanish is a largely faithful adaptation of a stage play by Tomohiro »


- Stephen Dalton

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Hot Summer Books: Kevin Hart's Memoir, a Discovered Michael Crichton Novel and 8 More Must-Reads

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Are You Anybody? by Jeffrey Tambor

(Crown, May 16, 304 pages, $27)

Logline The actor chronicles his memorable career, from playing second banana on The Larry Sanders Show to winning two Emmys, a Golden Globe and a SAG award as lead of the groundbreaking Transparent, as well as his childhood as a self-described "fat kid with a lisp."

Buzz Few have enjoyed both the longevity (200-plus credits over 40 years) and the late-career renaissance of Tambor; this is bound to be full of juicy anecdotes and pearls of wisdom.

Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

(Harper, May 23, »


- Andy Lewis

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'The Killing of a Sacred Deer': Film Review | Cannes 2017

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The rich vein of unsettling darkness and psychological unease that ripples like a treacherous underground stream beneath the absurdist humor of Yorgos Lanthimos' work becomes a brooding requiem of domestic horror in his masterfully realized fifth feature, The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Reaching back to classical Greek tragedy for inspiration, this hypnotic tale of guilt and retribution provides an even more riveting role for Colin Farrell after his collaboration on the director's English-language debut, The Lobster. He's flanked by a never-better Nicole Kidman and a performance of chilling effectiveness from emerging Irish talent Barry Keoghan in a thriller that »


- David Rooney

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Summer Box-Office Blues: Revenue Down 10 Percent So Far From 2016

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Director James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 — with its gaggle of quirky superheroes — is the only summer 2017 tentpole to live up to the hype so far. Over the weekend, the Disney and Marvel superhero sequel grossed $35.1 million in its third outing, not that far behind the disappointing debut of Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant.

Launching to a lackluster $36 million domestically, Alien: Covenant is the second big-budget movie in a row to disappoint after King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword, helping to contribute to an early summer revenue box-office decline of 10 percent »


- Pamela McClintock

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'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales': Film Review

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Looking quickly at the prospectus for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, in which the son of the series' Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley characters joins forces with a mysterious orphan to master the sea's arcane mysteries and do what his forebearers could not, you might well label it Pirates: The Next Generation. But unlike the Star Trek franchise-extender, this one is nowhere near bold enough to think it can dispense with its aging protagonist: Johnny Depp's cartoonishly louche Keith Richards-meets-Hunter Thompson pirate Jack Sparrow, the globally recognized caricature who by now feels (appropriately) more like a »


- John DeFore

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