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‘Mother’s Day’ Trailer: Roberts, Aniston, Hudson & Sudeikis Celebrate Momhood

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“We’re not who the world thinks we are. We decide who we are.” Here’ s a trailer for Mother’s Day, Garry Marshall’s latest holiday-themed pic. Much like his Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve, this film tells intertwining stories about the lives of several mothers (and Mr. Mom) as the title holiday approaches. The ensemble cast includes Julia Roberts (successful work-o-holic host), Jennifer Aniston (a recent divorcee), Kate Hudson (a mom seeking to reconnect with her own… Read

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‘Good Place’ NBC Comedy Series Casts William Jackson Harper

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William Jackson Harper is set to co-star opposite Kristen Bell and Ted Danson in Good Place, NBC's 13-episode straight-to-series comedy series from Parks & Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Mike Schur. Good Place, which NBC ordered to series last summer based on a pitch, centers on Eleanor (Bell), a woman from New Jersey who comes to realize that she hasn't been a very good person. She decides to turn over a new leaf by learning what it actually means to be… Read

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Russell Simmons’ All Def Movie Awards Set To Brings Laughs & Honor Oscars Snubs

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Days before the 88th Academy Awards, Russell Simmons’ multi-platform digital entertainment outfit All Def Digital is injecting some much needed levity into the conversation about Hollywood’s diversity problem with the All Def Movie Awards, a live event hosted by Tony Rock, (yes, Oscar-host Chris Rock’s brother) happening February 24 at the TLC Chinese Theater. The event will throw some shade the Oscars’ way, while also recognizing some of 2015’s best films. They’re “not… Read

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Michael Moore Sidelined As ‘Where To Invade Next’ Opens – Specialty Preview

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After teasing late last year a bus tour to promote his new film Where To Invade Next, Michael Moore announced last week that he was being hospitalized with pneumonia and asked his fans to take to social media to promote the title’s release this weekend (he’s apparently now resting at home). Tom Quinn, who is leading the title’s release along with Jason Janego and Drafthouse Films’ Tim League, said they are concentrating on getting the film out before announcing a name for… Read

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar To Star In Fox Pilot ‘Pitch’

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Former Franklin & Bash star Mark-Paul Gosselaar is set as the male lead opposite Kylie Bunbury in PitchFox‘s baseball drama pilot, written by Dan Fogelman and Rick Singer and directed by Paris Barclay. The project, from 20th Century Fox TV, follows Ginny (Bunbury), a young female pitcher who defies the odds when she becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues. Gosselaar will play Mike Lawson, a handsome, charming, self-assured future Hall of Fame MLB catcher. A… Read

Awards

Oscar Best Picture Smackdown: Deadline’s Pete Hammond Vs Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil Both Asking, “What The Hell Is Going On?”

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This week’s Oscar Prediction Smackdown between Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil and me finds us both exasperated after the DGA awards failed to give us any real definite clues as to what film will ultimately emerge as this year’s Best Picture winner. But nevertheless we explore every possibility and find every clue in the entire history of the Academy Awards to justify our conclusions.  As ballots are about to go out beginning tomorrow it is definitely crunch time, but we remain… Read

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CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Superior Donuts’ Casts Maz Jobrani

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Actor-comedian Maz Jobrani is set to co-star opposite Jermaine Fowler in  Superior Donuts, CBS' multi-camera comedy pilot written by Bob Daily and Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan and directed by James Burrows. Based on the play by Tracy Letts, Superior Donuts follows the relationship between the owner of a donut shop, Arthur, his new young employee, Franco (Fowler), and their patrons in a gentrifying neighborhood of Chicago. Jobrani plays Maz — a character written for him… Read

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Laura Dern To Star In HBO Death Row Drama In Development From Alex Gibney

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HBO is developing a drama series project written and directed by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney that has Laura Dern attached to star and executive produce. The untitled drama centers on a court-appointed psychiatrist (Dern) who must determine from her twisted yet humanizing diagnostic exchanges with death row inmates if they are sane enough to be killed by the state. Gibney is executive producing with Dern, while Jayme Lemons (Enlightened) serves… Read

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Four Studios Bidding On ‘Gone Girl’ Author Gillian Flynn’s Short Story ‘The Grownup’: Hot Package Du Jour

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EXCLUSIVE: While most of the movie deal makers are focused on Berlin, there’s a hot package in Hollywood that has got studios hot and bothered. I’m told that Universal, Fox, Paramount and TriStar so far are in the mix on The Grownup, a package built around the short story by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. Natalie Krinsky will adapt the tale, and Mike De Luca and Flynn will produce together what is her first big project since Gone Girl became a big hit movie. Studios read… Read

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Oscars: Pete Hammond Handicaps An Unusually Strong Best Actress Race – AwardsLine

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Early in the season, it became apparent that this would be a much stronger year for the usually light Best Actress race. In fact, the women definitely appeared to be matching the men for a competitive and dense lineup of great roles this time around. Add to that the unusually large number of terrific parts for veterans such as Maggie Smith, Blythe Danner and Lily Tomlin, and it seemed, for a brief moment, highly likely that the older contenders were going to dominate. But… Read

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Peter Bart: Oscar Trail Is Long And Winding For The Smart Filmmakers Of ‘Spotlight’ and ‘The Big Short’

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Adam McKay puts it this way: "For the past four and a half months, 'this' is my career, my full-time job." The 'this' consists of promoting The Big Short on the awards circuit, a campaign that has encompassed hundreds of screenings (there's one tomorrow for members of Congress), at least 40 Q&A sessions in Los Angeles and New York, meetings with economists at the Brookings Institution and even an encounter with Sen. Bernie Sanders that resulted in an "excellent film"… Read

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CBS Order For Matt Nix Drama Scrapped When Co-Production Deal Falls Through As Ownership Rules Pilot Season 2016

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Following game-changing upfronts dominated by pickups and renewals favoring owned and co-owned series, the shift carried over to pilot season, with networks picking up projects from their sister studios and co-productions dominating orders from outside studios. The new paradigm led to a dramatic showdown between CBS and 20th Century Fox TV that resulted in the demise of a project that had been quietly picked up to pilot: a crime drama from Burn Notice creator Matt… Read