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Producers Guild Documentary Nominees Include ‘Jane,’ ‘City of Ghosts,’ ‘Cries From Syria’

Producers Guild Documentary Nominees Include ‘Jane,’ ‘City of Ghosts,’ ‘Cries From Syria’
Jane,” “Chasing Coral,” “City of Ghosts” and “Cries From Syria” have been nominated as the best nonfiction film of 2017 by the Producers Guild of America, the PGA announced on Monday.

Earth: One Amazing Day,” “Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower” and “The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee” were also nominated in the Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures category.

For the first time, the category was expanded from five to seven nominees.

The winner will be revealed at the Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. 20, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
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'Murder on the Orient Express' Sequel in the Works (Exclusive)

'Murder on the Orient Express' Sequel in the Works (Exclusive)
After first taking the train, Twentieth Century Fox is now readying to hop on a riverboat cruise.

On the heels of Murder on the Orient Express, Fox is staying in the Agatha Christie business by putting into development Death on the Nile, its next Hercule Poirot mystery.

Michael Green, who adapted the screenplay for Orient Express, is penning the script, and while there is no deal currently in place, five-time Oscar nominee Kenneth Branagh is expected to return as director and reprise his role as Poirot.

Death on the Nile, first published in 1937, saw the detective on a vacation...
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Lizzy Caplan Joining Channing Tatum in ‘Gambit’ (Exclusive)

Lizzy Caplan Joining Channing Tatum in ‘Gambit’ (Exclusive)
Lizzy Caplan is in talks to join the cast of “Gambit,” Variety has learned. The “Masters of Sex” star will play the female lead in the superhero movie. Details of her part are being kept under wraps.

The X-Men spinoff stars Channing Tatum as Gambit, a ragin’ Cajun whose ability to control kinetic energy enables him to weaponize playing cards and other projectiles. He’s also pretty handy with a bō staff. In the comics, Gambit was a member of the Thieves Guild before joining the X-Men. “Pirates of the Caribbean” director Gore Verbinski will slide behind the camera on the film. It’s eyeing a Feb. 14, 2019 debut. Fox is releasing the film as part of its continued expansion of the cinematic mutant universe.

Caplan is an Emmy nominee for “Masters of Sex,” the acclaimed Showtime drama about sex researchers that aired from 2013 to 2016. Her film credits include “Cloverfield,” “127 Hours,” “Now You See Me 2,” and “Allied
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The Future of ‘Transparent’ is Trans: Why Recasting Jeffrey Tambor’s Role with a Trans Actress is the Best Option

The Future of ‘Transparent’ is Trans: Why Recasting Jeffrey Tambor’s Role with a Trans Actress is the Best Option
Jeffrey Tambor has quit “Transparent” in advance of Season 5, and it’s unclear what the show — which was renewed for a fifth season in August, before the fourth season even aired — might look like without its trans parent.

Jill Soloway’s Emmy-winning Amazon series was inspired by her own parent’s transition and has been largely constructed around Tambor’s Pfefferman family matriarch, Maura. The show needs Maura, even if it does not need Tambor, so the most obvious solution might also be the best one: Recast the role. More specifically, recast the role with a trans actress.

Though imagining a new figure stepping into the show’s close-knit family dynamic may sound jarring, there’s plenty of precedent: Just look to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Roseanne,” “That ’70s Show” or even “Pretty Little Liars.
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‘Get Out,’ ‘Detroit,’ Issa Rae, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige Among Top NAACP Image Award Nominees

‘Get Out,’ ‘Detroit,’ Issa Rae, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige Among Top NAACP Image Award Nominees
Get Out,” “Girls Trip,” “Detroit” and “Mudbound” are among the top film nominees for the 49th annual NAACP Image Awards.

On the TV side, Netflix and OWN dominate the race with multiple noms for “Dear White People,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “Queen Sugar” and “Greenleaf.”

In music, Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z grabbed five nominations apiece. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay landed a nomination in the entertainer of the year category alongside Bruno Mars, Chadwick Boseman, Chance the Rapper, Issa Rae, and Jay-Z.

The motion picture nominations went to “Detroit,” “Get Out,” “Girls Trip,” “Marshall,” and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” “Detroit” also landed a slot in the indie film category alongside “Last Flag Flying,” “Mudbound,” “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,” and “Wind River.”

Greenleaf” and “Queen Sugar” are nommed for drama series, vying with Starz’s “Power,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” and WGN’s now-canceled “Underground.” The bids for best comedy series went to HBO’s “Ballers,” ABC’s “Black-ish,” “Dear White People,” HBO’s “Insecure,” and Starz’s “Survivor’s Remorse.”

“Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson is set to host the Jan. 15 ceremony, to air live on TV One.
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Della Reese, Music Legend and Touched By an Angel Star, Dead at 86

Della Reese, Music Legend and Touched By an Angel Star, Dead at 86
Della Reese, the vocal powerhouse who later starred as heaven-sent Tess on the television series Touched By an Angel, died Sunday evening at age 86.

She leaves behind children James, Franklin, and Dominique, as well as husband Franklin Lett. She was predeceased by daughter Deloreese.

“On behalf of her husband, Franklin Lett, and all her friends and family, I share with you the news that our beloved Della Reese has passed away peacefully at her California home last evening surrounded by love. She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and pastor, as well as an award-winning actress and singer. Through
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Quentin Tarantino’s New Movie: First Plot Details Reveal the Role Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt are Circling

Quentin Tarantino’s New Movie: First Plot Details Reveal the Role Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt are Circling
Quentin Tarantino fans have been wondering what exactly his ninth movie will be about ever since word leaked in July that the project would deal with Charles Manson and the Manson family murders. The filmmaker intensified the speculation surrounding the plot of his new film when he told IndieWire, “It’s not Charles Manson, it’s 1969.” The answer to what that means has been provided by Vanity Fair, which spoke to someone who has read the script.

Vanity Fair reports the official synopsis as follows: “Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, Tarantino’s upcoming movie focuses on a male TV actor who’s had one hit series and is looking for a way to get into the film business. His sidekick—who’s also his stunt double—is looking for the same thing.
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Fans Petition For Release Of Zack Snyder’s Cut Of ‘Justice League’

Fans Petition For Release Of Zack Snyder’s Cut Of ‘Justice League’
Ask any diehard Zack Snyder fan, and they’ll swear to you, the extended cut of “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” fixes all the problems of the inept theatrical version. It was the silver lining they clung to following the disappointment of that film, and now they’re seeking a new life preserver in the wake of “Justice League.” The film’s rocky start at the box office and dismal reviews have started the finger pointing about where it all went wrong, but it’s clear the mishmash of Snyder and Whedon’s visions didn’t leave either director looking their best.

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‘Ghost Dog’ Sequel In The Works

‘Ghost Dog’ Sequel In The Works
Jim Jarmusch has been keeping it pretty chill since last year’s release of “Paterson” and “Gimme Danger,” but the director always has a couple irons in the fire. Last month, Tilda Swinton revealed she was gearing up to reunite with the filmmaker on a new project, which is yet to be revealed. But it seems that’s not all the director has cooking up.
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StudioCanal to Adapt Enid Blyton's 'Magic Faraway Tree'

StudioCanal to Adapt Enid Blyton's 'Magic Faraway Tree'
StudioCanal, fresh off the U.K. box-office success of Paddington 2, is building on its slate of family titles.

The growing studio is set to adapt Enid Blyton's Magic Faraway Tree, having teamed with Neal Street Productions, the All3Media-owned company behind TV shows such as Penny Dreadful and Call the Midwife and films including Revolutionary Road and Jarhead.

Simon Farnaby — who co-wrote Paddington 2 with director Paul King — will pen the adaptation, with Neal Street's Pippa Harris and Nicolas Brown producing.

Magic Faraway Tree — which will be the first-ever feature film based on Blyton's Magic Faraway...
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Kenneth Branagh, Anna Friel Take Home International Emmy Awards

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Kenneth Branagh, Anna Friel Take Home International Emmy Awards
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 2017 International Emmy Awards on Monday, awarding “Wallander” star Kenneth Branagh and “Marcella’s” Anna Friel in the top acting categories. The awards ceremony was held at the New York Hilton on Monday night and was hosted by comedian Maz Jobrani. Among the 12 awards handed out on Monday was the International Emmy Directorate Award, which went to Grupo Televisa President, CEO and Chairman Emilio Azcárraga Jean. Other winners included the Steve Coogan’s “Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle,” the Norwegian crime drama “Mammon II” and the documentary “Exodus: Our Journey to Europe.
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Charlie Rose Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Eight Women

Charlie Rose Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Eight Women
Television icon Charlie Rose has become the latest media star to be accused of sexual misconduct, with eight women telling the Washington Post that the longtime PBS newsman made unwanted sexual advances towards them while they were employees or sought work. “It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior,” Rose told the Post. “I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that,” he said, adding: “I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too.
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Melissa Gilbert Says Oliver Stone ‘Humiliated’ Her at Audition for ‘The Doors’ (Audio)

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Melissa Gilbert Says Oliver Stone ‘Humiliated’ Her at Audition for ‘The Doors’ (Audio)
Melissa Gilbert spoke out against director Oliver Stone during an interview on Andy Cohen’s satellite radio show on Monday, saying the director sexually harassed her when she auditioned for a role in his 1991 movie “The Doors.” Gilbert says Stone wanted her to do a scene he said he wrote just for her which involved saying, “Do me, baby,” repeatedly while on her hands and knees. Gilbert refused to do it and left the audition room in tears. Also Read: Jeffrey Tambor: ‘I Don’t See How I Can Return to ‘Transparent” While recounting the incident, Gilbert said she was reluctant to identify.
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‘CBS This Morning’ Hosts Denounce Charlie Rose: ‘This Will Be Investigated; This Has to End’

‘CBS This Morning’ Hosts Denounce Charlie Rose: ‘This Will Be Investigated; This Has to End’
The set of “CBS This Morning” opened their show with a full airing covering the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by show co-anchor Charlie Rose. After a lengthy segment addressing the charges and Rose’s long career, the show’s other co-anchors Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell both issued their own forceful rebukes of their former colleague — who was suspended yesterday. “Women cannot achieve equality in the workplace or in society until there is a reckoning and a taking of responsibility. I am really proud to work at CBS News. There are so many incredible people here,” said O’Donnell.
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Ventana Sur: ’Escape to India,’ ‘Noah’s Ark,’ ‘Inzomnia’ Among Projects at Animation!

Ventana Sur: ’Escape to India,’ ‘Noah’s Ark,’ ‘Inzomnia’ Among Projects at Animation!
“Escape to India,” produced by Juan José Campanella, “Noah’s Ark,” whose producers include Walter Salles, and Inzomnia Animation’s “Inzomnia” are some of the projects included in the 2nd Animation!, a showcase at Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur market which is devoted to animated features and TV shows.

Animation! projects total sixteen – eight features and eight TV series. All have been selected in a partnership with Annecy’s Intl. Animation Film Market (Mifa), the world biggest film-tv animation mart. A jury will select four projects among TV shows and features to be presented at Mifa 2018.

Set up at Buenos Aires’ studio Mundo Loco and produced by Academy Award winner Campanella (“The Secret in Their Eyes”) and producer-composer Cris Morena, Latin America’s leading specialist in youth-orientated TV shows (“Rebelde Way”), “Escape to India” follows Azadi, a courageous cow who, destined for the slaughterhouse in Patagonia, escapes and begins an epic journey to India, where her mother
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Brillante Mendoza to Head Jury at Malaysia Festival

Brillante Mendoza to Head Jury at Malaysia Festival
Filipino star director Brillante Mendoza has been named as president of the competition jury at next year’s Malaysia International Film Festival. The second edition of the festival will run Feb. 25 – Mar. 2, 2018.

Earlier this year at the festival’s first edition, Mendoza won the best director award with his film “Ma Rosa.” “Mendoza’s gritty, powerful socially-conscious films are proof that cinema can play a vital role in illuminating and eliminating the social ills that plague our modern societies,” said Joanne Goh, MD of MIFFest.

Other jurors at the second edition will include directors Dain Iskandar Said (Interchange”), Tran Anh Hung (“Scent of the Green Papaya,” “Norwegian Wood”), Patrick Tam (“After This Our Exile”), actor-producer Lee Lieh (“Jump Ashin!,” “Monga”), and actor-writer-director, Suhasini Maniratnam (Bandhana, Suprabhata”).

Award-winning Malaysian actress Angelica Lee Sinje (“The Eye,” “Murmur of the Hearts”) continues her involvement with the festival as MIFFest Ambassador. MIFFest is supported by the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia
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Sacha Baron Cohen Offers to Pay Fines for Mankini-Wearing 'Borat' Tourists

Sacha Baron Cohen Offers to Pay Fines for Mankini-Wearing 'Borat' Tourists
It caused a furore when Sacha Baron Cohen first debuted it on the beach in Cannes in 2006, but 11 years on and the mankini – the rather revealing male one-piece swimsuit made famous by the Brit's fictional Kazakh TV presenter Borat – is still creating headlines.

Last week, it was reported that a group of six Czech tourists had been arrested in the Kazakhstani capital Astana wearing mankinis – which have become bachelor party favorites – and fined $67 each for their "indecent" appearances.

A photo published by the BBC showed the group in their brightly colored...
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TV Gains Offsets Film Losses at Entertainment One

TV Gains Offsets Film Losses at Entertainment One
TV hits such as “Designated Survivor” and “Peppa Pig” are driving Entertainment One’s business as the company’s film division continues to struggle. Growth at The Mark Gordon Co. and the strong performance of kids’ shows “Peppa Pig” and “Pj Masks” bolstered eOne’s results, but revenue and profit declines in the independent studio’s film business weighed on the half-year numbers.

Overall revenues for the six months to end-September were down 1% year-on-year at £395.7 million ($523.7 million). Ebitda profit was up 36% at £51.4 million across the period. The pre-tax profit was £800,000 compared with a £2.5 million loss in the same six months last year.

The company has combined some of its film and TV sales, and the TV side continues to perform well, with notable deals in the period such as the sale of ABC series “Designated Survivor” to Netflix, which took international rights. It also had its first Emmy nomination, for “L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later.” TV revenues
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‘Red Turtle,’ ‘Big Bad Fox,’ ‘My Life as a Zucchini’ Vie for Best Director at 1st European Animation Awards

‘Red Turtle,’ ‘Big Bad Fox,’ ‘My Life as a Zucchini’ Vie for Best Director at 1st European Animation Awards
Michael Dudok de Wit’s “The Red Turtle,” “The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales,” directed by Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert, and Claude Barras’ “My Life as a Zucchini” vie for best director at the inaugural European Animation Awards. Their Emile Awards Ceremony which will take place in Lille, France on Dec. 8.

Equalling “The Red Turtle” and “Zucchini,” two other movie titles have received three nominations: Remi Chayé’s ”Long Way North,” lead-produced out of France by Sacrebleu Prods. and Maybe Movies; and “Ethel & Ernest,” a U.K.-Luxembourg co-production between Lupus Films, Ethel & Ernest Productions, Melusine Productions, and Cloth Cat Animation.

“Revolting Rhymes,” “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” and “The Amazing World of Gumball” contend for best director in the TV/Broadcast category. “Gumball” scored in four categories. A two-part CGI special produced by Magic Light Pictures for the BBC, and created by Magic Light Pictures in Berlin and Triggerfish Animation Studios in [link
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Stephen Colbert Weighs in on Trump’s Weird Feud With Lavar Ball (Video)

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Stephen Colbert Weighs in on Trump’s Weird Feud With Lavar Ball (Video)
On the same night Lavar Ball showed up for a now-infamous appearance on Chris Cuomo’s CNN show, Stephen Colbert kicked off Monday’s edition of “The Late Show” with a discussion of Ball’s bizarre feud with President Trump. The two have been going at it since last week, when Ball’s youngest son, UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball was arrested along with three other players for shoplifting while the team was in the city of Hangzhou, China. After the three players were released, Donald Trump said he personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to intervene, and complained on Twitter that the players.
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