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L.A. Confidential: Walton Goggins to Star in Reboot Pilot for CBS

L.A. Confidential: Walton Goggins to Star in Reboot Pilot for CBS
Walton Goggins is headed to CBS. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Justified star has joined the network's L.A. Confidential reboot pilot. Based on the novel by James Ellroy, the drama follows three homicide detectives, a reporter, and an actress whose lives "intersect while the detectives pursue a sadistic serial killer among the secrets and lies of glamorous and gritty 1950s Los Angeles." In 1997, the book was adapted as a film starring Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, and Kim Basinger.
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‘Call Of Duty’ Director Puts His Sights On Tom Hardy & Chris Pine

‘Call Of Duty’ Director Puts His Sights On Tom Hardy & Chris Pine
For years, “Call of Duty” has been one of the most successful video game franchises in the world. Taking place in a variety of time periods, “Call of Duty” is war game that puts the players in the middle of large battles, killing dozens of bad guys, including Nazis, terrorists, and even the occasional zombie. It was only a matter of time before Hollywood decided to take a stab at the game for a potential movie franchise.
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Lupita Nyong’o To Star In ‘Born A Crime’ Based On Trevor Noah’s Memoir

Lupita Nyong’o To Star In ‘Born A Crime’ Based On Trevor Noah’s Memoir
Exclusive: Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, currently starring as Nakia in Disney/Marvel’s record-smashing, watershed hit Black Panther, has signed on to star in Born a Crime, the film adaptation of The Daily Show host Trevor Noah's bestselling debut autobiography Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. Nyong'o will play Noah’s mom, Patricia, who served as an important figure to her son in his formative years. She was shot in the head by his stepfather while…
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'Jurassic World 3' In the Works, Sets 2021 Release Date

'Jurassic World 3' In the Works, Sets 2021 Release Date
Almost four months before Universal Pictures unleashes Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the studio is making plans for a third installment of the rebooted dinosaur adventure movie series.

Jurassic World 3 will be written franchise newcomer Emily Carmichael along with Colin Trevorrow, the director of the 2015 reboot and co-writer of Fallen Kingdom.

And the studio has set a June 11, 2021 release date for the movie.

Trevorrow is returning to exec produce the new chapter along with Steven Spielberg, the filmmaker behind the original movies in the 1990s.

Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley are returning as producers.

Plot details are...
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Amazon Developing ‘Consider Phlebas’ as Fantasy Drama Series

Amazon Developing ‘Consider Phlebas’ as Fantasy Drama Series
Amazon Studios is developing a fantasy drama series based on the novels about an interstellar utopian society by Scottish author Iain M. Banks.

The digital giant has acquired worldwide rights to “Consider Phlebas,” the first novel in the series about a world known as “the Culture.” Dennis Kelly (“Matilda”) is on board to adapt the book for Amazon Studios and Plan B Entertainment.

“The story of the Culture is so rich and captivating that for years Hollywood has been trying to bring this utopian society to life on the screen,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted series at Amazon Studios. “We are honored that we have been chosen, along with Dennis Kelly and Plan B Entertainment, to make ‘Consider Phlebas’ into a television series we think will be loved by fans for years to come.”

Published in 1987, “Consider Phlebas” revolves around a war that erupts between the Culture, a highly advanced and progressive society, and the Idirans
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Christian Evangelist Billy Graham Dies at 99

Christian Evangelist Billy Graham Dies at 99
Christian evangelist and ordained minister Billy Graham, who is widely regarded as the most influential preacher of the 20th century, died, Wednesday, at his mountaintop home in Montreat, North Carolina. He was 99.

Graham’s spokesman Mark DeMoss confirmed the news on his public relations firm’s website, writing that “Graham died today at 7:46 a.m. Et.”

He had been treated in recent years for cancer, pneumonia and other ailments.

Graham spent six decades preaching on television and radio — principally on the Billy Graham Crusades, which he began in 1947. He has said to have reached more than 200 million people throughout
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‘Celebrity Big Brother’ spoiler: Did Round 5 Power of Veto ceremony change nominees for eviction on February 23?

‘Celebrity Big Brother’ spoiler: Did Round 5 Power of Veto ceremony change nominees for eviction on February 23?
At the end of the February 21 episode of “Celebrity Big Brother,” the fifth Head of Household, singer Mark McGrath, decided on the two nominees for eviction on Friday’s live vote overseen by host Julie Chen. He went with beauty queen Ariadna Gutierrez , who had been the third HoH, and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Brandi Granville. However, the live feeds have revealed a big change in the game. We now know who won the Round 5 Power of Veto competition and what effect, if any, this had on the nominations for eviction. Spoilers ahead.

Gutierrez won the Power of Veto competition for a second time. As she is going to remove herself as a nominee for eviction, McGrath must come up with a replacement. He and his pal singer James Maslow have been busy strategizing the right move to make.

They are determined to send Granville packing and realize that to do so,
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Jj Abrams Goes on Colbert and Claims that ‘Star Wars Episode IX’ Has a Script (Video)

Jj Abrams Goes on Colbert and Claims that ‘Star Wars Episode IX’ Has a Script (Video)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” had “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Episode IX” director Jj Abrams on the show Wednesday night, and naturally the conversation went directly toward “Star Wars” for the bulks of Abrams’ appearance. The big moment from the segment came when Colbert asked Abrams if he could give them any details about “Episode IX” and Abrams made a shocking revelation: that they have a screenplay for it. “So what can you tell us about ‘Episode IX’? I know nothing, but something,” Colbert asked, acknowledging that he probably wasn’t going to get much from the filmmaker known...
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‘Fleabag’ Team to Develop Romantic-Comedy Series With Entertainment One

Vicky Jones and Phoebe Waller-Bridge are developing a new series titled “Run” with Entertainment One (eOne).

Jones and Waller-Bridge will produce under their DryWrite banner. It marks the first time DryWrite has produced a television series, having previously produced multiple theatrical productions.

Run” is described as a romantic-comedic-thriller about ex-lovers who made a pact 15 years ago that if they ever needed to escape life, they could send each other a simple text message – “Run” – and disappear together. Jones wrote the series with Waller-Bridge appearing in a recurring role. The pair will executive produce alongside Emily Leo of Wigwam Films. Carolyn Newman and Polly Williams will serve as executives in charge for eOne.

Jones and Waller-Bridge received international acclaim for “Fleabag,” a darkly comic BBC series starring Waller-Bridge that was acquired by Amazon in 2016. The series is based on Waller-Bridge’s play of the same name, which Jones directed. Jones’s other credits include directing the play “Mydidae
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Sony Prepares ‘The Launch’ for International Take Off

Sony Pictures Television has scooped the international rights to “The Launch” and is prepping a U.K. and other local versions of the singing format, which has fared well in Canada. Season one has just wrapped on free-tv network CTV.

Spt will sell the finished Canadian version and the remake rights, with its London-based production company Electric Ray assigned to working up a U.K. version.

The format sees unsigned, emerging artists audition for the chance to record and perform in each standalone episode. Music industry names mentor the acts and decide which version of the song is released and in Canada several of the singles have gone on to top the charts. Mentors in season one included Shania Twain, Boy George, and Fergie.

Sarah Edwards, creative director of global formats, Sony Pictures Television said: “As soon as we saw it we knew it was the music talent show we had been looking for. It is a unique
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'Ryuichi Sakamoto: async Live at the Park Avenue Armory': Film Review | Berlin 2018

'Ryuichi Sakamoto: async Live at the Park Avenue Armory': Film Review | Berlin 2018
In April 2017, Ryuichi Sakamoto gave a live U.S. premiere performance of his first new non-soundtrack album in eight years at the Veterans Room of the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. The album, async, was conceived around the time the Oscar-winning avant-classical composer was undergoing radiology treatment for throat cancer, which may explain why much of it is preoccupied with themes of mortality and finite time. Director Stephen Nomura Schible was on hand to capture the performance for this crisp concert film, which serves as a companion piece to Coda, his recent documentary profile of Sakamoto.

Live at...
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‘The Amazing Race’: Did the right team win Season 30 or was one of the others robbed? [Vote]

‘The Amazing Race’: Did the right team win Season 30 or was one of the others robbed? [Vote]
The Amazing Race” finished on Feb. 22, with Team Big Brother (Jessica Graf & Cody Nickson) finishing in first. They edged out Team Yale (Kristi Leskinen & Jen Hudak) and Team Extreme (Kristi Leskinen & Jen Hudak) for the title of season 30 winners and took home the $1 million prize. What was your reaction to the result? Were you happy for this newly-engaged couple or did you want one of the other teams to win? Vote in our poll below and sound off in the comments section.

The race kicked off in New York City and took the teams to 21 cities in 10 countries. Over the course of 30 days, the final three travelled more than 29,000 miles before facing their final challenge on the USS Hornet in Alameda, CA.

What did you think of the outcome of this nail-biting final challenge? Were you a fan of the “Big Brother” contestants? There was some talk that they did not play fair.
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‘Parks and Rec’ Cast and Co-Creator Are Extremely Unhappy That NRA Tweeted Leslie Knope Gif: ‘Please Eat S—‘

National Rifle Association Spokesperson Dana Loesch was on CNN Wednesday night for the network’s town hall on school shootings to deliver the NRA’s stance against gun control to a hostile crowd and several of the survivors of last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla. and their families. The crowd heckled Loesch throughout the event, with some even exclaiming “You’re a murderer!” at several points. the CNN town hall did not, it seemed, go quite as well as the NRA and Loesch probably would have wanted. Which led afterward to a tweet from the NRA that several members of the cult...
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‘The Amazing Race’ 30 winners Jessica Graf and Cody Nickson interview: ‘After ‘Big Brother,’ this was our redemption project’

‘The Amazing Race’ 30 winners Jessica Graf and Cody Nickson interview: ‘After ‘Big Brother,’ this was our redemption project’
Big Brother” contestants Cody Nickson and Jessica Graf won “The Amazing Race” on Feb. 21. In a post-victory interview they revealed their plans for the one million dollar prize and reflected on the race. Talking to host Phil Keoghan, Graf readily admitted that they saw the “Race” as “their redemption project.” Watch the whole interview above.

The couple met last summer during “Big Brother 19.” Graf rubbed many of her rival houseguests the wrong way. She won the Halting Hex early in the game before being evicted. Nickson soon followed but this ex-Marine did pick up the consolation prize of “America’s Favorite Houseguest.”

See ‘Big Brother’ couple Cody Nickson and Jessica Graf get engaged

Nickson asked Graf to marry him during a hike in La’s Runyon Canyon Park on Feb. 13. Other “Big Brother” houseguest who met and married after meeting on this CBS reality competition series include:

Jordan Lloyd and
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Stuart Ford Launches New Production and Sales Outift Agc Studios

Stuart Ford, founder and former CEO of indie production and sales giant Im Global, is back in the saddle with a new outfit, Agc Studios.

Ford unveiled that he has received backing from Latin American private asset management firm MediaNet Partners, Silicon Valley entrepreneur, and Symantec CEO Greg Clark and Arabic entertainment group Image Nation Abu Dhabi, for the new outfit, which will recreate an Im Global-style production and sales operation, focusing on both film and television.

Agc Studios is looking to develop, produce, finance and sell globally feature films and television shows (scripted, non-scripted and factual), as well as...
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Film Review: ‘Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk’

Film Review: ‘Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk’
Warning: While watching “Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk,” a coming-of-age dramedy about the disillusionment of a hormonally inflamed young Jehovah’s Witness during the mid-1980s, you may periodically find yourself fearing that you nodded off, or blacked out, and missed key scenes of transition or contextualization. Making a disappointingly inauspicious debut as a feature filmmaker (despite considerable experience helming episodic television), actor-turned-director Eric Stoltz lurches from scene to scene with scant regard for remedying narrative gaps or inconsistencies of characterization. It’s almost as though, while adapting his own novel for the screen, screenwriter Tony DuShane simply provided a random sampling of highlights from his book, and Stoltz accepted the slapdash scenario as his overarching game plan.

Gabe (Sasha Feldman), the eponymous protagonist, is introduced as a 16-year-old high-schooler who’s not yet rebellious, but no longer unquestioning, as he grapples with demands placed on him by his parents and his church in their Utah community
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‘The Amazing Race’ 30 finale winners Cody Nickson & Jessica Graf will use $1 million prize to ‘set up a family’

‘The Amazing Race’ 30 finale winners Cody Nickson & Jessica Graf will use $1 million prize to ‘set up a family’
After winning the $1 million prize in the Season 30 finale of “The Amazing Race,” Cody Nickson & Jessica Graf announced that they wanted to start a family. “Now we have a foundation as far as money goes to set up a family for ourselves,” Cody told “Amazing” host Phil Keoghan. Read our recap of the two-hour finale right here, and then refresh your memory on all “The Amazing Race” winners in our updated photo gallery below.

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“Jessica was the foundation for my strength throughout this entire thing,” Cody declared at the finish line. “I wouldn’t have been able to do anything without her. I’m just glad I got to do it with the love of my life.”

Smiling ear-to-ear after winning the $1 million check, Jessica responded, “The future looks really bright and I’m really excited.
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‘Daily Show’ Trots Out the NRA’s Own ‘Teenz 4 Gunz’ to Counter Parkland Shooting Survivors (Video)

‘Daily Show’ Trots Out the NRA’s Own ‘Teenz 4 Gunz’ to Counter Parkland Shooting Survivors (Video)
Wednesday night on “The Daily Show,” host Trevor Noah again spent the opening segment discussing the aftermath of last week’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., focusing his commentary this time on pro-gun conservative figures who have been attempting to fight back against the pro-gun control rhetoric of the teenage survivors of that shooting. “You’ve never seen gun advocates so desperate that they’d start attacking the victims of a mass shooting. And that’s the power of these teenagers,” Noah said as the segment neared its end. “Which is why the NRA has decided to shift the...
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Berlin: Asian Brilliant Stars Hands out Talent Awards

Israel’s Samuel Maoz was named as best director on Wednesday evening at the Asian Brilliant Stars Awards in Berlin.

The event was a smoother presentation than the first edition, held on the margins of the Berlin Film Festival last year, but currently lacks obvious impact.

Organizers, from China’s Movie View International publication, suggest that the show is Asia’s equivalent of the EU-backed European Shooting Stars. That is an annual series of events that aim to elevate young acting talent to greater international prominence.

An afternoon press conference was followed by a panel discussion about the difference between commercial and art-house cinema. Meet the press talent interviews followed.

The awards show and gala dinner, in Berlin’s Meistersaal, was only slightly less China-centric than the 2017 edition. And only two of the seven awards went to newcomers.

Veteran Chinese director Feng Xiaogang, who recently enjoyed another smash hit with “Youth,” received a special
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Berlin: Feng Xiaogang's 'Youth' Takes Top Honors at Asian Brilliant Stars Awards

The second annual Asian Brilliant Stars Awards unveiled its winners Thursday at a red-carpet gala dinner during the Berlin International Film Festival. Modeled after the long-standing European Shooting Stars talent platform, the event seeks to bring greater attention to established and emerging Asian actors, directors, producers and screenwriters.

Chinese coming-of-age period drama Youth, from Asian industry mainstay Feng Xiaogang, was the event's big winner, taking home the Special Jury Award for Xiaogang, Best Screenwriter Award for Yan Geling, and Asian New Talent Award for Zhong Chuxi, the film's leading actress.

This year's jury was composed of controversial South Korean filmmaker...
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