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James Cameron On ‘Avatars:’ ‘You Will Sh*t Yourself With Your Mouth Wide Open’


After blowing past his Titanic budget by 100% and watching that become history's highest grossing film and then surpassing that budget and worldwide gross with Avatar, James Cameron routinely sets a high bar for himself. He's not letting up with the three Avatar sequels he's prepping in New Zealand, strangely predicting that viewers will experience a Close Encounter Of The Turd Kind. Cameron told Empire Magazine: “I can tell you one thing about them. They're gonna be… Read


Fox Green Light Starts ‘Independence Day’ Sequel Countdown

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EXCLUSIVE: Top brass at Twentieth Century Fox got some work done this week, giving a green light to the long awaited Independence Day sequel. The film has been slotted for a May production start and the studio will now move to close Roland Emmerich's directing deal. Now, Fox staked a June 24, 2016 release date, so this isn't a shock, but these dates get re-calibrated all the time. From what I'm told, Will Smith regrettably isn't reprising (though if he said yes, I'm sure… Read


Jon Lindstrom Joins ‘True Detective'; Dan Buran Boards TNT’s Drug-Trade Pilot

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Jon Lindstrom (Castle) is the latest to sign on for the upcoming second season of HBO's True Detective. He'll join Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn in the second installment of the crime franchise that revolves around three police officers (Farrell, Kitsch, McAdams) and a career criminal (Vaughn), who must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder. Lindstrom, repped by BRS/Gage and Gordon Gilbertson, will play Glenn Ellinger, a… Read


‘Unfinished Business’ Redband Trailer: Vince Vaughn And Company Invade Europe

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Here's the decidedly NSFW redband trailer for the international comedy starring Vince Vaughn. A relentless businessman with his own company, he heads to Germany with his only two employees (Tom Wilkinson and Dave Franco) to clinch a make-or-break deal. Complications arise. Sienna Miller and James Marsden also star in Unfinished Business, from director Ken Scott — who helmed Vaughn in last year's Delivery Man — and scribe Steve Conrad. Fox opens it wide March… Read


‘Manson Girls’ To Go Helter Skelter

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EXCLUSIVE: As Charles Manson gears up for his behind-bars nuptials to a young follower named Star, a February shoot has been set for long-gestating indie drama Manson Girls. Susanna Lo is directing the film about the female devotees who joined Manson's flock in the 1960s and helped carry out brutal killings meant to start an apocalyptic race war. Bill Moseley (The Devil's Rejects) will portray Manson in the film, which TriCoast Worldwide boarded this month at AFM. Rather… Read


‘Wendy Williams Show’ Interns Lawsuit Should Be Tossed, Says Lionsgate

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EXCLUSIVE: More than a month and a half after being hit with a potential class-action lawsuit by a former intern on The Wendy Williams Show, Lionsgate today sought to put a damper on plaintiff Anthony Tart's Thanksgiving. The company, which syndicates the daytime talker, wants the whole thing tossed. "Defendants respectfully request that the Complaint be dismissed in its entirety, with prejudice, and that the Court award Defendants the cost of their defense, including… Read


Making ‘The Boxtrolls:’ “Like 18 Months Of Opening Nights” – The Contenders

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The Boxtrolls producer Travis Knight (ParaNorman, Coraline) and director Anthony Stacchi (Open Season) talk with Deadline's Pete Hammond about the challenges and joys of stop-motion animation, a creation process nearly as old (and beloved) as cinema itself, in this video from Deadline's recent Oscar showcase, The Contenders. Actually making a film with the stop-motion process, however, can be incredibly stressful, says Stacchi. It's like ” 18 months of opening nights with… Read


Al Pacino Finds Facets Of Himself In ‘The Humbling’ — The Awardsline Screening

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Quite often, it's the comedic actors who go out on a limb and play a variation of themselves, mostly through a satirical lens.  The James Franco-Seth Rogen gang had a blast showing us what happens when you mix pot with the apocalypse in This Is The End, while Albert Brooks was a fish-out-of-water in India in his directorial Looking For Comedy In The Muslim World. There's also the time when the somber John Malkovich was game to strut his icy absurdity in Being John Malkovic… Read


‘Late Late Show’ Guest Hosts Include Drew Carey & Judd Apatow Ahead Of Corden Debut

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CBS said today that it will air special editions of The Late Late Show with rotating guest hosts including Judd Apatow to bridge the gap between Craig Ferguson's last night as host on December 19 and James Corden's debut on March 9. Drew Carey will bookend the bloc, guest hosting the first week, January 5-9, and the final week, March 2-6. Other guest hosts will include Will Arnett, Wayne Brady, Jim Gaffigan, Billy Gardell, Sean Hayes, Thomas Lennon, John Mayer and The Big… Read


‘Dancing With The Stars’ Finale Ratings Hit 4-Year High, ‘The Voice’ Down, ‘Flash’ & ‘Mindy Project’ Even


In the end it came down to a final three, three final dances and then Season 19 of Dancing With The Stars (2.9/9) had a celebrity winner on the final Tuesday of the November sweep. With partner Witney Carson, former Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro had been the favorite for most of the season and the man who brought the world "the Carlton" took the prize. ABC didn't do too badly either. Easily the highest-rated show of the night and hitting a season high, the… Read


Natalie Portman In Talks To Join Steve Jobs Biopic


EXCLUSIVE: Natalie Portman is in talks to join Universal's Steve Jobs biopic. Character details were not revealed, but it is expected to be a major role. Should a deal get done, the Oscar winner's casting would mark another positive reversal of fortune for the Danny Boyle-helmed project. Deadline revealed last week that it had been put in turnaround by Sony Pictures, to the shock of many in the industry. Universal picked it up Monday. Michael Fassbender is being courted to… Read


Richard Linklater To Receive Palm Springs Visionary Award For ‘Boyhood’

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Richard Linklater's Boyhood received five Indie Spirit Award noms yesterday including best feature and director, and now Linklater can add another kudo to the list. He will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival's awards gala on January 3. The fest runs January 2-12. Past recipients include Academy Award-winning filmmakers Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, and Michel Hazanavicius. "Richard Linklater's… Read


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