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‘Captain Fantastic’s’ Matt Ross to Direct ‘Tomorrow and Tomorrow’ for TriStar

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After helming the Oscar-nominated “Captain Fantastic,” Matt Ross will direct an adaptation of Tom Sweterlitsch’s debut novel “Tomorrow and Tomorrow” for TriStar.

Mark Gordon will produce via The Mark Gordon Company along with Entertainment 360 and Lynette Howell Taylor.

Published in 2014, the novel is set in a near future world where humanity’s relationship with evolving virtual environments becomes isolating.

“‘Tomorrow and Tomorrow’ is prescient,” Ross said. “It posits a world not so dissimilar from today, a direction we are all clearly headed where technology has altered the ways in which we interact with each other and the world around us.”

He continued, “I hope to examine, following the book’s lead, the degree to which our lives are enhanced and deeply compromised by the technology that is already an inseparable part of our daily existence. Lynette and I couldn’t be more excited to collaborate with Hannah to translate »

- Justin Kroll

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The Batman: Matt Reeves Will Officially Direct and Produce

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After an initial rumor, then having the negotiations break down entirely, Warner Bros. has officially hired Matt Reeves to direct The Batman, which will give the newest incarnation of the Caped Crusader a standalone story.  Come inside to check out the announcement!  

The film industry, like any other business, will go back and forth.  We've seen people attached to movies drop out at the last minute, and "done deals" entirely fall apart.  A couple weeks ago, after Ben Affleck dropped The Batman directing gig, word came out that Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes) was in talks to direct.  

The internet exploded at the possibility as he's a fantastic storyteller...but then last week, news came out that the negotiations had fallen apart and it looked like the WB would have to keep searching.  So imagine our surprise today when they revealed, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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Lauren Graham to Star in Fox Comedy 'Linda From HR'

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Lauren Graham is returning to broadcast television.

Fresh off Netflix's Gilmore Girls revival and NBC's gone but not forgotten family drama Parenthood, the actress has booked the lead role in the Fox comedy pilot "Linda From HR," The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The pilot was picked up pending casting, with Graham's commitment to the single-camera comedy lifting the contingency. Graham had received multiple offers this pilot season — all for comedies.

"Linda From HR" is a high-concept family comedy that explores the one bad decision that throws Linda's monotonous, unfulfilled life into an exciting but dangerous tailspin of »

- Lesley Goldberg

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Original Cuts of ‘Star Wars’ May Finally, Possibly Be Re-Released for the 40th Anniversary

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Every now and then there’s a new rumor that the original, unaltered, non-Special Edition cuts of the Star Wars trilogy are on the verge of being re-released to the public. Sometimes the rumor says the original trilogy will be re-released in theaters, other times they say the movies will be available in high-definition on Blu-ray […]

The post Original Cuts of ‘Star Wars’ May Finally, Possibly Be Re-Released for the 40th Anniversary appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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‘American Gods’ Gets April Premiere Date on Starz (Photo)

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Starz’s “American Gods” adaptation will premiere on April 30, the premium cable network announced Thursday. Ricky Whittle stars in the adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel, which portrays a war between the old gods of biblical and mythological roots and a new group of gods “reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs.” Emily Browning and Ian McShane also star. Michael Green and Bryan Fuller will act as showrunners and executive producers, while David Slade will direct. Also Read: 'American Gods' First Look: Kristin Chenoweth as Easter (Photo) Additionally, Starz has released a new poster for the series, »

- Linda Ge

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Box-Office Preview: Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' to Impress With Possible $20M U.S. Debut

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

Look for Universal and Jason Blum to score another win at the box office this weekend with the micro-budgeted Get Out, a thriller and social commentary on race relations that marks the feature directorial debut of Jordan Peele (Key & Peele). 

Pre-release tracking suggests the film, costing under $5 million to make, could approach or cross $20 million in its debut. Universal is being more cautious and suggesting high teens. Get Out, which premiered in a secret midnight screening at the Sundance Film Festival in January, is getting a berth in 2,777 theaters.

Peele's film — boasting a rare »

- Pamela McClintock

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Martin Scorsese Criticizes At-Home Movie Viewing Day After Netflix Deal for ‘The Irishman’

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Martin Scorsese explained why watching movies at home is not as good as going to the cinema on the heels of signing a deal with Netflix to distribute his new film “The Irishman.” “The problem now is that it is everything around the frame that is distracting,” Scorsese told the audience at a BFI London event on Wednesday, per Screen Daily. “Now you can see a film on an iPad,” he continued. “You might be able to push it closer to your in your bedroom, just lock the door and look at it if you can but I do find just glimpsing. »

- Joe Otterson

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‘Separate Tables’ Screenwriter John Gay Dies at 92

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John Gay, known for writing movies including “Run Silent Run Deep,” “Separate Tables,” “The Hallelujah Trail” and “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father,” died on Feb. 4 in Santa Monica. He was 92.

Gay shared an Oscar writing nom with Terrence Rattigan for the screenplay for “Separate Tables,” a 1958 romantic drama starring Burt Lancaster, Rita Hayworth, Deborah Kerr, and David Niven.

Long active in the Writers Guild of America, Gay wrote 14 feature films and 39 miniseries and TV movies, scripting projects for John Huston, Vincent Minnelli and John Sturges. He helped lead the Writers Guild through difficult negotiations while serving on the Wgaw’s Board of Directors (1971-75, 1977-79), and as Vice President (1985-87).

Gay started out in live television starring with his wife Barbara in “Mr. and Mrs. Mystery,” and went on to write for numerous live TV dramas. Lancaster helped recruit him to Hollywood, where he wrote Clark Gable-Lancaster starring submarine film “Run Silent Run Deep.” He »

- Pat Saperstein

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‘How to Get Away With Murder’ Season 3 Finale: Who Killed Wes? (Spoilers)

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Spoiler Alert: Do not read ahead if you have not watched the two-hour “How to Get Away With Murder” Season 3 finale, which aired on Thursday, Feb. 23.

After a full season of whodunnit, “How to Get Away With Murder” finally revealed #WhoKilledWes? And trust us, you’ll never guess it…

The two-hour finale started by clearing up why Connor (Jack Falahee) was giving Wes (Alfred Enoch) CPR the night of the house fire. Flashbacks revealed that Connor went to the house because Annalise (Viola Davis) called him over. When he arrived, Connor spotted an unconscious Wes on the floor of the basement and tried to give him CPR, but ended up pushing too hard on his chest and cracked one of his ribs.

All of this time, Connor wasn’t sure if the cracked rib is what ended up killing Wes, and he kept his whereabouts a secret because he didn’t trust that Annalise or the rest »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Emma Watson, Dan Stevens Ooze With British Charm at ‘Beauty and the Beast’ UK Gala Screening (Photos)

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It was all beauty and no beast when Emma Watson and Dan Stevens posed together Thursday for the U.K. launch of Disney’s latest live-action remake. The “Beauty and the Beast” stars epitomized English elegance with a splash of Hollywood glamour at a gala screening in London, England, ahead of the fantasy musical film’s March 17 opening. Best known for her long-running role as Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” film series, Watson dazzled like a true princess in a silver eco-friendly Emilia Wickstead gown, which draped down the grassy-like green carpet. Also Read: 'Beauty and the Beast »

- Debbie Emery

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That Time Kamala Harris Called New Homeland Security Secretary at Home to Protest Muslim Ban

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California’s new U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris was so appalled by the bungled rollout of the Trump administration’s ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries last month that she called Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and confronted him about it. “I called him up at home ’cause I got the number,” Harris told the audience at a Creative Artist Agency-sponsored summit of political leaders on Thursday. The call didn’t go as well as she had hoped. “I was really unsatisfied with the conversation,” she told the crowd, which included actors Richard Dreyfuss and Joshua Jackson. Also Read: »

- Itay Hod

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Connie Britton Reacts to ‘Nashville’ Shocker: ‘I’m Forever Grateful’

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Spoiler Alert: Do not read ahead, if you have not watched “Nashville” Season 5, episode 9, titled “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” which aired on Cmt on Thursday, Feb. 23.

Connie Britton’s character, Rayna, was killed off of “Nashville” on Thursday night’s emotional episode. (Read the full recap here.)

The send-off was a long time coming, as rumors have been circulating for months that the actress would be departing the series, which moved from ABC to Cmt for its fifth season.

In a statement, Britton said: “Playing Rayna has been a privilege and a deeply enriching experience for me. I am going to miss her grace, tenacity and feistiness. And I’m forever grateful and indebted to our unbelievably talented cast and crew, and to the Nashville community amongst whom I have had the honor to work. And then there are the fans. Wow. I’m so humbled by our incredible fans for their unwavering passion and commitment. They »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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‘Nashville’: What Rayna’s Fate Means for Connie Britton (Spoilers)

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Spoiler Alert: Do not read ahead if you have not watched “Nashville” Season 5, episode 9, titled “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” which aired on Cmt on Thursday, Feb. 23.

Last week’s shocking episode put Rayna (Connie Britton) through the ringer. The country star barely survived a scary attack at knifepoint, but the police got to her just in time to escape her stalker. But moments after she survived, her life was put on the line once again — on her drive home, the car was hit by a truck.

This week’s episode started with Rayna being rushed into the hospital after the car crash. By the time Deacon (Charles Esten) arrives to the hospital, Rayna is conscious and in good spirits. Then she goes into surgery and the procedure goes well. The doctors tell Deacon and their daughters that she’s expected to make a full recovery and be released from the hospital within a few days.

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- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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'Collide': Film Review

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Where would distinguished Academy Award-winning actors be in their dotage years if not for B-movies? Fortunately, there are plenty of them to go around — B-movies, I mean — guaranteeing lucrative paychecks and international location travel for the likes of Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley, who compete in Collide to see which one can better chew the scenery.

Not that they’re the stars of the low-rent thriller directed by Eran Creevy, mind you. That dubious distinction belongs to British thespians Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road, X-Men: Apocalypse) and Felicity Jones, here both playing Americans. That Jones’ star has so »

- Frank Scheck

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Alaska Reality Show Star Says BBC Put Her Life at Risk to Get Better Footage

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A few years ago, Susan Aikens was running a small wilderness camp in a remote part of Alaska when she was discovered by BBC producers who were interested in turning her life into a reality series. Aikens agreed, and is now well known throughout the state as the star of “Life Below Zero,” which airs on the National Geographic Channel.

But Aikens is now engaged in a high-profile lawsuit against the producers, accusing them of contriving scenes to heighten the drama and putting her life at risk. In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Alaska, Aikens alleges that a producer on the show forced her to drive her snow machine across an icy river at 60 mph. She crashed and was thrown from the vehicle. While she lay in the snow suffering from serious injuries, Aikens claims the BBC crew delayed her rescue in order to get more footage.

The lawsuit, first »

- Gene Maddaus

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Stx Weighing Legal Action Over Netflix Deal for Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ (Exclusive)

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Martin Scorsese’s upcoming mob movie “The Irishman” looks to be running into trouble as distributor Stx is weighing legal action over Mexican producer Gaston Pavlovich’s pending deal with Netflix. Stx bought all non-u.S. distribution rights to the Robert De Niro starring movie last year in a $50-million deal that was the talk of the Cannes Film Festival.

But Stx’s role in the distribution of the film was cast into doubt after Pavlovich and his Fabrica de Cine outfit tried to switch instead to a worldwide deal with Netflix. Meanwhile, “The Irishman” production budget is quickly ballooning to $125 million from its originally estimated cost of $100 million.

The studio released a terse statement through a spokesman.

“As a policy, Stx does not comment on rumors or matters related to litigation,” the statement reads.

News of Netflix closing in on a global distribution deal for Martin Scorsese’s upcoming »

- Brent Lang and Nick Vivarelli

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Watch the Lively New Trailer for 'The Get Down' Part II

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Netflix has unveiled the release date for The Get Down's next set of episodes. The show's "Part II" will premiere this spring. The network announced the return of Baz Luhrmann and Stephen Adly Guirgis' hip-hop drama via a short trailer.

In the brief 15-second clip, lively performance scenes are interwoven with audience clips, a motorcycle ride and DJ shots. "We're going to take our music from minor to major league," a voiceover says.

Set in the late 1970s in the South Bronx, the show recreates the fictionalized moments »

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‘Legion’ Theory: Could Syd Be a Creation of David’s Mind Made Real by His Powers? (Spoilers)

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(Spoiler alert: This post contains details from the first three episodes of FX’s “Legion.”) Three episodes into FX’s “Legion,” and it’s still not clear what in David Haller’s (Dan Stevens) life is real and what is imaginary. That confusion is lessened a bit by his time in Summerland, the mutant home/training facility run by Dr. Melanie Bird (Jean Smart), but “Legion” isn’t letting viewers off that easy. The end of Episode 3 finds David opening his mind and memory to Dr. Bird, Ptonomy (Jeremie Harris) and Syd (Rachel Keller). They quickly find it a more dangerous place than they expected. »

- Phil Hornshaw

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How ‘Ultimate Beastmaster’ Creator Mashed Up ‘Super Mario Bros.’ and the Olympics for Netflix’s First Reality Show

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David Broome was stuck in traffic on the 101 freeway when idea for “Ultimate Beastmaster” first came to him.

“I thought, What if I could basically take ‘Mario Bros.’ and bring it to life?” Broome said. “That would be the ultimate obstacle course.”

The Beast is quite the obstacle course. Six-hundred feet long and 85 feet tall at its highest point, it is the centerpiece of “Ultimate Beastmaster,” which premieres Friday on Netflix. But the show’s ambitions are not limited to the scope and scale of the challenge it presents contestants — 108 athletes from six different countries competing to the best the Beast.

Executive produced by Broome and Sylvester Stallone, “Ultimate Beastmaster” is Netflix’s first big swing at a television-style reality competition series, and it is tailored to the streaming service’s business model. Broome and his company 25/7 productions have created six different versions of each of the first season’s 10 episodes geared toward six different territories — the »

- Daniel Holloway

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Sports Anchor Suspended Over Trump Tweet

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Chicago’s Wls-Channel 7 has reprimanded a sports anchor after he tweeted that President Trump was a “cartoon lunatic” elected by a “country of simpletons.”

The station told the Chicago Sun-Times that Mark Giangreco’s comments are “not in line with ABC 7 Chicago’s non-partisan editorial standards” and that management is “taking the appropriate action.”

That action, according to media blogger Robert Feder, amounts to a multi-week suspension without pay.

The offending tweet was a response to one from vocally political Toronto Star sports columnist Bruce Arthur, calling Trump “a hateful ignorant corrupt simpleton.”

Donald Trump: a hateful ignorant corrupt simpleton supported by 87% of Republicans

— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) February 19, 2017

Giangreco, 64, has since deleted his tweet, which read: “So obvious, so disturbing. America exposed as a country full of simpletons who allowed this cartoon lunatic to be ‘elected.’” Before it was deleted, he was called out by conservative talk radio host Dan Proft, who »

- Pat Saperstein

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