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‘Moana’ Close To ‘Frozen’; Awards Raise ‘Manchester’s Tide; ‘Jackie’ Still Regal – Saturday AM Update


3rd Writethru, Saturday AM after 10:10PM Friday: In a weekend where there aren’t any major-studio wide releases, the most we can expect from the box office is that the product that’s out there just hangs in. And despite the downturn in traffic that this frame brings as audiences are distracted by the onset of the holiday season, November’s top two family titles — Disney’s Moana and Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — are holding on to their respective… Read


Alice Drummond Dies; Veteran Character Actress Was 88

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Alice Drummond, a prolific character actress nominated for a Best Featured Actress Tony in 1970 and known for appearances in films like Awakenings, Synecdoche, New York, and Ghostbusters among many others died on November 30 from complications following a fall in her home. She was 88. The news was confirmed by Drummond’s friend, June Gable, to The New York Times. Born in 1928 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Drummond was a 1950 graduate of Pembroke College (now Brown… Read


Pharrell Williams On His ‘Hidden Figures’ Contribution: “It Made Sense For Everything We Stand For”

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There are few musicians in this year's Oscar race who can have had as significant a contribution to the projects they're attached to as Pharrell Williams with Hidden Figures. Already Oscar nominated for the phenomenal hit song "Happy", which was attached to Despicable Me 2 in 2013, the multi-hyphenated musical artist steps into his second feature film as a producer—after last year's Dope—with Theodore Melfi's movie, which tells the true story of the African American women… Read


Haim Saban Slams DNC Chair Hopeful Keith Ellison: “Anti-Semitic And Anti-Israel”

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'Rebels with a Cause' Gala, Los Angeles, America - 11 May 2016

Despite the victory via Electoral College of President-elect Donald Trump, there’s no love lost between various factions of the Democratic party. Democrats are currently looking for a new person to head up the Democratic National Committee, and Minnesota representative Keith Ellison has been considered a top contender for the job since throwing his name into the hat November 14. But, as past statements by Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, have come to light… Read


Johnny Depp, Sam Raimi & Others Contribute To Film By 16-Year Old Cancer Patient


A group of A-list talent came together in November to help 16-year old cancer patient Anthony Jonathan Conti fulfill his dream of writing and starring in his own film. Johnny Depp, J.K. Simmons, Laura Dern, Penelope Ann Miller, Chad Coleman, and Richard Chamberlain were joined by David Lynch, Catherine Hardwicke, Theodore Melfi, Sam Raimi, Peter Farrelly, and Sean Furst for The Black Ghiandola, a post-apocalyptic zombie story about a young man whose family has been… Read


‘Jackie’ Review: Natalie Portman Astonishes With A Side Of Jackie Kennedy Never Before Seen

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There have been so many movies, miniseries, books and who knows what else on the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis over the decades that it’s hard to imagine there is anything new or original left to say. But in the movie Jackiedirector Pablo Larrain, writer Noah Oppenheim and star Natalie Portman pull off something of a miracle. As I say in my video review above, the word to best describe this new film about the former First Lady and wife of President John F. Kennedy… Read


Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: When Warren Met Kirk; #OscarsSoWhite A Thing Of The Past?

GOLETA, CA - DECEMBER 01:  at Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Kirk Douglas Awards Honoring Warren Beatty at Bacara Resort on December 1, 2016 in Goleta, California.  (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for SBIFF)

A weekly column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit. It was, as usual this time of year, another big week on the awards circuit. From the standpoint of critics’ group love, Warren Beatty — who is no stranger to lots of awards in his legendary career — was AWOL from East Coast and Critics’ Choice lists this week for Rules Don’t Apply, his first directorial effort in 18 yearsThe movie also didn’t exactly light up the box office, either, but this… Read


Robert Kelly To Star In Autobiographical Comedy In Works At FX From Apostle

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Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll co-star Robert Kelly is reuniting with the series’ creator-star Denis Leary and his Apostle production company for another FX comedy series project. The cable network is developing a half-hour series starring actor-comedian Kelly, from Leary & Jim Serpico’s Apostle. In addition to starring, Kelly will co-write the autobiographical project with Apostle principals Serpico and Tom Sellitti. The comedy stems from Kelly’s recent life experiences beating… Read


‘School Of Rock’ Renewed For Season 3 By Nickelodeon

SCHOOL OF ROCK SEASON 1 GALLERY: Pictured: Lawrence (Aidan Miner), Tomika (Branna Yde), Freddy (Ricardo Hurtado), Summer (Jade Pettyjohn), Zack (Lance Lim) in SCHOOL OF ROCK SEASON 1 on Nickelodeon. Photo: Michael Elins/Nickelodeon. © 2015 Viacom International, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Hair and Makeup: Chantal Moore, Amy Chance, Sienree Du, Mishelle Parry, Christina Guerra
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The School of Rock will be in session for another year. Nickelodeon has picked up a supersized 20-episode third season of the popular musical comedy series based on the 2003 Paramount movie. Production is scheduled to begin in early 2017. The pickup comes as the series, developed by Jim and Steve Armogida, is heading toward its Season 2 finale on January 28. Originally ordered straight-to-series, School of Rock landed a quick 13-episode Season 2 renewal four episodes into… Read

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What’s At Stake In Warner Bros & Universal’s Premium VOD Talks

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EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros. and Universal’s statements this week that they’re in discussions with theater chains for a new premium home window has raised more severe questions than answers in the exhibition and distribution community. While not a day-and-date release concept like the Screening Room’s proposal earlier this year, the idea is that movies would become available in the home two weeks following their theatrical release. The National Association of Theater Owners… Read


‘Aquaman’ To Swim Into Theaters October 2018


Aquaman finally has a release date. The Warner Bros superhero pic starring Jason Momoa and directed by James Wan will hit theaters October 5, 2018 in both 3D and Imax. Aquaman made his cinematic debut earlier this year via a short cameo in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. The character will next be seen in a major role in the Zack Snyder-directed follow up Justice League, which sees the major heroes of the DC Universe united to face off against DC Villain… Read


Tommy Flanagan Joins ‘Papillon’ Remake; Alan Ritchson Cast In ‘Office Uprising’

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'Sons Of Anarchy' season 6 television premiere, Los Angeles, America - 07 Sep 2013

Sons Of Anarchy actor Tommy Flanagan is reuniting with his co-star Charlie Hunnam in the upcoming Michael Noer-directed remake Papillon, based on the classic 1973 film that starred Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen. Written by Aaron Guzikowski, the pic, which also stars Rami Malek, is a modern retelling of the original, which was based on the memoirs of convicted felon and fugitive Henri Charriere. Tommy will play a mysterious figure with a dark past that Papillon… Read