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Oscar Isaac in Talks to Voice Gomez Addams in Animated ‘Addams Family’ Movie

Oscar Isaac in Talks to Voice Gomez Addams in Animated ‘Addams Family’ Movie
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” star Oscar Isaac is in talks with MGM to voice Gomez Addams in the animated feature film “The Addams Family.”

Isaac portrays the heroic pilot Poe Dameron in “The Last Jedi.” The rest of the cast for “The Addams Family” has not been unveiled. Conrad Vernon is directing from a screenplay by Pamela Pettler based on Charles Addams’ iconic cartoon series with revisions by Matt Lieberman.

Producers of “The Addams Family” are Gail Berman, Vernon, and Alex Schwartz. Executive producers are Kevin Miserocchi and Andrew Mittman. The Jackal Group is producing with Cinesite Studios providing the computer-generated animation.

MGM announced Friday that it had set an Oct. 11, 2019, release date for the film. The announcement comes seven weeks after MGM and Annapurna Pictures unveiled a new joint venture for theatrical distribution in the U.S. Through this joint venture, MGM expects to release approximately six to eight films per year beginning with Eli Roth
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YouTube Red Drops Morgan Spurlock's 'Super Size Me' Sequel (Exclusive)

YouTube Red Drops Morgan Spurlock's 'Super Size Me' Sequel (Exclusive)
YouTube Red is dropping Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! following the filmmaker's admittance to accusations of sexual harassment and assault.

"We feel for all of the women impacted by the recent statements made by Morgan Spurlock," reads a statement from a YouTube spokeswoman. "In light of this situation, we have decided not to distribute Super Size Me 2 on YouTube Red."

YouTube picked up Supersize Me 2 for $3.5 million out of the Toronto International Film Festival. While no release plans were officially announced, the Google-owned streamer was planning to release it on its subscription streaming service, Red, in...
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‘The Goldfinch’ Movie Adaptation Casts Willa Fitzgerald as Pippa (Exclusive)

‘The Goldfinch’ Movie Adaptation Casts Willa Fitzgerald as Pippa (Exclusive)
Willa Fitzgerald is in negotiations to play Pippa in Warner Bros. and Amazon Studios’ adaptation of “The Goldfinch.”

Ansel Elgort will portray Theo and “Dunkirk” actor Aneurin Barnard is Boris in the film from director John Crowley. Warner Bros. had no comment on the casting.

Based on Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Goldfinch” follows a young man named Theodore Decker who survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum — an attack that kills his mother. From there, he tumbles through a series of adventures that finds him living in Las Vegas with his deadbeat father and, later, involved in art forgeries.

In the novel, Pippa is Theo’s true-but-seemingly-unrequited love.

Earlier this year, Amazon Studios agreed to co-finance the film, which will go into production at the beginning of 2018. As part of the pact, Amazon will invest more than a third of the movie’s budget, which is estimated to be in the $40 million range, according
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Martin Ransohoff, Filmways Founder and ‘Cincinnati Kid’ Producer, Dies at 90

Martin Ransohoff, Filmways Founder and ‘Cincinnati Kid’ Producer, Dies at 90
Martin Ransohoff, who produced notable films of the 1960s and ’70s such as “The Cincinnati Kid” and “Save the Tiger” and co-founded Filmways Television, died Wednesday at his home in Bel-Air,Calif. He was 90.

Filmways produced some of the biggest TV hits of the 1960s including “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “The Addams Family,” “Petticoat Junction,” “Green Acres” and “The Hollywood Squares.”

Ransohoff later entered the movie business along with Filmways’ executive John Calley. Their first film was 1962’s “Boys’ Night Out,” followed by 1963’s “The Wheeler Dealers.” He also was behind the 1965 New Orleans-set drama, “The Cincinnati Kid,” which starred Steve McQueen, Edward G. Robinson, Ann-Margret, and Karl Malden. Ransohoff famously fired Sam Peckinpah from the film, feeling his vision was too dark, and hired Norman Jewison to direct.

He exited the company in 1972 to become an independent film producer.

Among his producing credits were Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s “The Sandpiper,” Tony Richardson
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Storms to Second-Biggest Thursday Preview Ever With $45 Million

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Storms to Second-Biggest Thursday Preview Ever With $45 Million
The Force remains unstoppable as Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opened with $45 million on Thursday night.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” set a record for the second-largest Thursday night preview gross in North America, trailing only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which earned $57 million two years ago. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” had been the second-highest with $43 million. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opened a year ago to $29 million at Thursday night previews.

Previews began Thursday at 6 p.m. in North America — about 12 hours after Disney announced it was spending $52.4 billion to acquire 21st Century Fox assets. On Friday, the film launches at 4,232 theaters in the U.S./Canada, including nearly 410 Imax screens, 640 premium large format, 3,600 3D locations, and 212 D-Box locations.

Early surveys of audience reactions Thursday night by comScore’s PostTrack found that 68% rated “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” as “excellent” and another 21% as “very good.” A
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Jim Gaffigan to Star in Dramatic Thriller ‘All the Animals Come Out at Night’ (Exclusive)

Jim Gaffigan to Star in Dramatic Thriller ‘All the Animals Come Out at Night’ (Exclusive)
Jim Gaffigan is set to star in “All The Animals Come Out At Night,” sources tell Variety.

Robbie Jones, Isabel Arraiza and Tammy Blanchard are also on board to star with Derrick Borte directing. Borte is also writing along with Daniel Forte.

Scott Lochmus of Storyland Pictures is producing the film in association with Xyz Films and via a workforce development partnership with Old Dominion University and The Virginia Film Commission.

The film tells the story of Cam (Gaffigan), a former computer programmer, now a down on his luck driver. After suffering an emotional breakdown, and the subsequent loss of his job and family, he is a shell of the successful man he once was. Cam makes extra cash chauffeuring Mazz, a low-level drug dealer, around the city. As Cam’s situation deteriorates into a serious financial bind he decides to kidnap Mazz’s child in hopes of collecting a ransom from the cash-carrying dealer.

Next year Gaffigan
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‘Florida Project’ Producer Steps Down Amid Harassment Claims

‘Florida Project’ Producer Steps Down Amid Harassment Claims
Andrew Duncan, the producer of awards contender “The Florida Project,” is stepping down from his indie production company amid allegations of sexual harassment.

Duncan launched June Pictures a year ago, and has produced a handful of independent films including “Operator” with Martin Starr, and “Thoroughbred,” a breakout film at the Sundance Film Festival. In a statement, CEO Alex Saks said she has solidified plans to buy out Duncan’s stake in the company.

“In light of allegations of misconduct against our investor Andrew Duncan, I am assuming sole ownership and leadership of June Pictures,” Saks said. “June Pictures is committed to a respectful work environment dedicated to producing quality films. We will continue our projects already in production and development.”

Rumors of Duncan’s alleged sexual misconduct have been circulating for the last couple of weeks. The ouster poses a potential problem for “The Florida Project,” a portrayal of children living in poverty from director Sean Baker (“[link
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Warren Beatty Flop 'Rules Don't Apply' Sparks $18 Million Lawsuit Over Losses

Warren Beatty Flop 'Rules Don't Apply' Sparks $18 Million Lawsuit Over Losses
Warren Beatty's production company is being sued by Regency Entertainment for allegedly failing to pay back costs for the 2016 film Rules Don't Apply.

Regency claims it entered into talks with Beatty in 2013 to finance and distribute the Howard Hughes biopic, which was written by the star who starred in and directed the film. The distributor claims it agreed to incur substantial upfront costs which were to be recouped from the film's revenues. In addition to distributing the film, Regency says it also invested $2.5 million in the project.

Despite its star power, the $25 million film only grossed...
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'Valerian' Leads EuropaCorp to Post $83 Million Loss

'Valerian' Leads EuropaCorp to Post $83 Million Loss
Financial results show the scope of the disaster that was Valerian: The City of a Thousand Planets for Luc Besson's EuropaCorp, with the company posting a half-year loss of $83.1 million.

The company attributed this loss to the poor performance of Valerian, as well as other underperforming films including Tom Hanks starrer The Circle.

It included a write down of films not yet released for $5.5 million, and what it termed “the impairment of the intangible asset relating to the distribution of films” for $15.3 million as a result of the failure of its Red joint venture distribution company with Relativity....
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Rockets to $60.8 Million in Early International Openings

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Rockets to $60.8 Million in Early International Openings
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has launched internationally with a powerful $60.8 million in 48 markets in its first two days.

The Disney-Lucasfilm tentpole began its international run on Dec 13 in 14 markets, followed by an additional 34 territories on Dec. 14, opening in first place in all except for Turkey and South Korea.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” generated the second-largest debut day of all time in Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Netherlands, Sweden, and Iceland — behind only 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in each case. The movie was the third-biggest opening day for the U.K. and Norway.

It was also the top 2017 opening day in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K.Disney said “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is 63% ahead of last year’s spinoff, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” and 25% behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in international markets so far.

Along with the U.
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Bruce Gray, 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' Star, Dies at 81

Bruce Gray, 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' Star, Dies at 81
Bruce Gray, known to Americans as the father of the groom in My Big Fat Greek Wedding and to fellow Canadians for playing investment banker Adam Cunningham on the 1990s Traders TV drama, has died. Gray was 81.

Gray passed away in Los Angeles on Wednesday after a bout with brain cancer, his Toronto agent Jennifer Goldhar confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

Born on Sept. 7, 1936 in San Juan Puerto Rico to Canadian parents, Gray returned at age 13 to Toronto, before completing high school at Humberside Collegiate and graduating from the University of Toronto with psychology degree. In 1960, Gray...
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi: the Force, the Porgs and the future - discuss with spoilers

It gave us new powers, abundant alien creatures and a triumphant last hurrah for Luke Skywalker, but did Rian Johnson’s Episode Xiii live up to the hype?

•Warning: this article contains spoilers

Related: Star Wars: The Last Jedi review – an explosive thrill-ride of galactic proportions

Fan theorists were certain that Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi would be to The Empire Strikes Back what Jj Abrams’ The Force Awakens was to the original Star Wars, a movie full of Jedi training sessions on remote planets, rebel backs against the wall and darkling, curveball plot twists. In the end that was only part of the story, for this was a movie that gave us, in the words of Luke Skywalker in one of its earliest trailers, “so much more”. New Force powers, abundant alien creatures like nothing we’ve seen before, and a complex, yet satisfying return for the galaxy’s greatest hero.
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Peter Jackson: I blacklisted Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino under pressure from Harvey Weinstein

Jackson said Miramax told him not to cast duo in Lord of the Rings seriesBoth actors refused Weinstein’s pressure to have physical relationships

Film director Peter Jackson has admitted to blacklisting actors Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino in response to a “smear campaign” orchestrated by accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein.

Related: What Salma Hayek’s Weinstein story reveals about Hollywood power and pay

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Glenn Close: ‘You lose power if you get angry’

From vengeful mistress to Agatha Christie matriarch: the actor talks about Harvey Weinstein, mental illness and growing up in a cult

Glenn Close and I sit at the corner of a large boardroom table in an intimidatingly minimalist office on the 14th floor of a Los Angeles talent agency. It’s the kind of environment in which Patty Hewes, the ruthless lawyer Close played in Damages for five seasons, would feel at home and I’m almost waiting for her to stand up, slam both hands on the table and shout, “I’ll rip your face off” or any of the other terrifying put-downs that defined her double Emmy award-winning performance.

But Close is in high spirits and radiates such warmth I barely notice the chill from the tower block’s air-con. After we fiddle with the settings on our swivel chairs, which are so high they make anyone under
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What Losing Lincoln Plaza Means to the Future of Subtitled Film

What Losing Lincoln Plaza Means to the Future of Subtitled Film
It’s just one theater, with six screens. But news that the landlord for the Lincoln Plaza Theaters —on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, across the street from Lincoln Center — is not renewing the lease for its present (and only) operators, longtime exhibitors and distributors Dan and Toby Talbot, could be the biggest news in specialized film this year.

Totaling a little over 1,000 seats, Lincoln Plaza has been the most important single theater in the domestic specialized market since its opening in 1981. Though it no longer provides the biggest grosses for most independent and other arthouse releases, it remains the single most vital location for launching subtitled and other high-end titles in the U.S.

Initial reports say the Talbots — dominant forces for over 50 years in the New York specialized film business — were unable to make a deal to continue operation. The landlord, Milstein Properties — has not confirmed that it will continue as a theater.
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‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Recap: “A Life Earned” – Deke-trayal!

Welcome back, true believers! In our last episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson and company discovered a voice in the darkness who knew about their arrival in this new dystopian future. Simmons discovered the secrets of the “Inhuman ceremonies” wherein a battle to the death was fought with the winner being sold to the highest bidder. Kasius continued his pious shenanigans of Kree evil while Deke sprung a trap on Daisy to deliver her directly into the hands of the awaiting aliens. With the ride into the future continuing to be a nightmare, is there …
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Anita Hill Chairs Hollywood Anti-Sexual Harassment Commission Formed by Top Execs

Anita Hill Chairs Hollywood Anti-Sexual Harassment Commission Formed by Top Execs
Spurred by the multitude of sexual abuse scandals, top Hollywood executives have tapped Anita Hill to chair the newly formed Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace.

The commission made the announcement Friday following a meeting convened by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, Nike Foundation founder and co-chair Maria Eitel, Nina Shaw, and venture captialist Freada Kapor Klein.

“The Commission will not seek just one solution, but a comprehensive strategy to address the complex and inter-related causes of the problems of parity and power,” said Kennedy. “The fact that so many industry leaders—across film, television, music, digital, unions, agencies, Ata, AMPAS, television academy and guilds—came together, in one room, to explore solutions speaks to a new era.”

Hill went public in 1991 with allegations of sexual harassment during the Senate confirmation process for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Since then, in addition to teaching law and policy at Brandeis University, Hill has been
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Arnon Milchan Sues Warren Beatty Over ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Flop

Arnon Milchan Sues Warren Beatty Over ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Flop
Last year, Arnon Milchan was effusive in his praise of Warren Beatty, whose film “Rules Don’t Apply” he had agreed to help finance. In an interview with Variety, the Israeli-born financier said he put his full confidence in “the master.”

“We all put in the money and said, ‘Go make your movie. We will leave you alone,'” Milchan said at the time. Beatty was effusive in return, calling Milchan “the Medici of the movies.”

Cut to: one year later. The film flopped, grossing $3.9 million worldwide, and Milchan’s company is now suing Beatty for $18 million.

On Friday, Milchan’s company, Regency Entertainment, filed suit in L.A. Superior Court against Beatty’s company and several other big-name financiers, including Ron Burkle, Terry Semel, Steve Bing, Jeffrey Soros, and Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment. The suit contends that each of the investors breached their obligation to refund Regency’s P&A costs.

“I have no
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Paul Haggis Denies Rape Claims By Publicist; Calls It “Public Hanging”

Paul Haggis Denies Rape Claims By Publicist; Calls It “Public Hanging”
After being accused of "a shocking and egregious case of rape and sexual assault" by publicist Haleigh Breest today, Oscar winner Paul Haggis is fighting back in court against what he says were demands for $9 million payment to make "these outrageous and wholly baseless demands" go away. "There was no such 'violence, then or ever," says the Crash producer-director's lawyers at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp Llp of Breest's claims of a 2013 assault at Haggis' NYC apartment…
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David Boreanaz, Primetime’s Most Valuable Player, Has Another Hit With ‘Seal Team’ — Ratings Watch

David Boreanaz, Primetime’s Most Valuable Player, Has Another Hit With ‘Seal Team’ — Ratings Watch
David Boreanaz is once again proving his primetime power. Fresh off a 12-season run on the Fox staple “Bones,” Boreanaz didn’t miss a beat: His new CBS drama, “Seal Team,” has already been given a full 22-episode first season order, and is shoo-in for a sophomore renewal.

Not many performers can brag about starring in back-to-back-to-back hits, which makes Boreanaz a TV heavy hitter on par with stars like Ted Danson and William Shatner — the rare actors who have enjoyed multiple hits on unrelated shows. Boreanaz, of course, top-lined the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” spinoff “Angel” for several years (and 110 episodes) before moving on to 246 episodes of “Bones.”

Seal Team” stars Boreanaz as Jason Hayes, the leader of the Tier One team, a group deployed on clandestine missions worldwide at a moment’s notice. The show has been consistently making the top 25 ratings among both adults 18-49 and total viewers.
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