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Oliver Stone To Lead Jury At The Busan International Film Festival

Oliver Stone has been announced  as the head of the jury at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival. The Academy Award-winning director will lead four jurors for the New Currents, a competitive section in Asia’s largest film festival, that introduces the works of up-and-coming Asian directors. Joining Stone on the jury will be world-famous director Bahman Ghobadi (No One Knows About Persian Cats) from Iran, renowned French cinematographer Agnès Godard (Bright Sunshine I… Read


John Oliver: Steve Bannon Ouster Unsatisfying While “Panderer To White Nationalists” He Worked For Still There

Chief White House Strategist Steve Bannon became the White House flotsam, John Oliver noted at the top of HBO’s Last Week Tonight. Like various TV news programs before him, Oliver showed that infamous Oval Office photo of Trump talking on phone to Russian ruler Vladimir Putin while surrounded by his team of Reince Priebus, Michael Flynn, Sean Spicer, Bannon and Veep Mike Pence – all now gone, save Pence. The truly depressing thing about Chief White House Strategist Steve… Read


Scott Rudin Will Bring Denzel Washington Back To Broadway For ‘The Iceman Cometh’ Staged By George C. Wolfe

Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington is set to star as Theodore Hickman, AKA Hickey, in Eugene O’Neill’s acclaimed play The Iceman Cometh on Broadway next spring. Five-time Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe, who staged last season’s Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, will direct the revival, which begins a 14-week run March 22, 2018 with opening night on April 26 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Kevin Spacey… Read


‘Game Of Thrones’ Director On Tonight’s Game Changing Icy Episode & Season 8

SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight's penultimate episode of Game of Thrones‘ penultimate season. EXCLUSIVE: Whatever Game of Thrones is cooking up for next week’s Season 7 finale, it's going to have to be big to beat tonight’s penultimate episode where the Night King acquired the ultimate weapon in a dragon of his own and a barely alive but besotted Jon Snow acquiesced to eventually bend the knee to Daenerys Targaryen. "Part of my episode was doing the… Read


Broadway Will Dim The Lights For ‘Mean Girls’, ‘Book Of Mormon’ Co-Producer Stuart Thompson

UPDATE Sunday evening: The marquees of Broadway theaters in New York will be dimmed Tuesday evening in memory of producer and manager Stuart Thompson, who died August 17. Theaters will go dark 6:45 PM. "Stuart Thompson was a committed industry leader and an extraordinary producer with a sincere passion for theatre. He championed work that made a difference to both artists and audiences. He was a gem and will be greatly missed," said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the… Read

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Universal $3B+ As ‘Despicable’ Franchise Takes Ani Crown; ‘Wolf Warrior 2’ Bests ‘Avatar’ Record – International Box Office

UPDATED 5:50 PM from 9:44 AM write-thru: While Universal Pictures crossed $3B at the international box office Friday, marking the second time in the studio's 105-year history that it has reached this milestone, Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman crossed $800M globally and Paramount’s Transformers: The Last Knight topped $600M worldwide. The Despicable Me franchise just leapfrogged past Ice Age to grab an ani crown. And, in no small feat, Wolf Warrior 2 has surpassed Avatar to… Read


Apple Music’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Rocks To New ‘Game Of Thrones’ Opening

Apple Music’s new Carpool Karaoke: The Series jumped on the Game of Thrones highway today with a special opening title sequence set to Ramin Djawadi's stirring GoT score. The apparently temporary intro heralds the arrival of this Tuesday’s Karaoke episode featuring Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams. This first look at the intro (watch it above) reveals a note-perfect parody of the Thrones opening credit sequence, but replaces all those pop-up Westeros and King’s Landing… Read


Hollywood Remembers Jerry Lewis: Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Sandra Bernhard Honor King Of Comedy

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Refresh for updates Hollywood lost one of its greats today, and the tributes arrived with the precision of the The Nutty Professor‘s perfect comic timing. From Brett Ratner and Michael Eisner to one-time co-star Robert De Niro and MDA Telethon sidekick Tony Orlando, Lewis’ friends, colleagues and fans offered their thoughts. De Niro, who costarred with Lewis in Martin Scorsese’s brilliant The King of Comedy in 1982, said in a statement: “Jerry was a pioneer in comedy and… Read


Jerry Lewis Dies: Comedy Legend, Classic Filmmaker Was 91

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Jerry Lewis, one of Hollywood’s greatest slapstick comedians, a filmmaker of exceptional popularity and novelty, and a humanitarian who transformed the celebrity telethon into a massive fundraising tool, has died. He was 91 and died at 9:15 this morning at his home, surrounded by family, according to a family statement and his publicist, Candi Cazau. "He had been slightly ill and spent some time in local hospitals,” according to Cazau, “but came home and was planning on… Read


Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Television Movie

HBO tends to dominate this category, with numerous victories over the years, so there is no reason to believe that their two entries this year, The Wizard of Lies and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks aren't immediate frontrunners. But this could be a year for PBS as well in a critically uneven field of contenders that pale compared to their Limited Series counterparts. The broadcast networks long ago virtually abandoned this format, which they once championed, so the… Read

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‘Gook’ Robust In L.A.; ‘Ingrid Goes West’ Solid In Expansion – Specialty Box Office

The Los Angeles bow of Gook from Samuel Goldwyn Films had the best per theater average among the weekend's slew of new Specialty films. The Sundance fest title, directed by second-time feature director Justin Chon, grossed a combined $31K from two locations. Amazon Studios/IFC Films' Crown Heights opened in three theaters to a decent $28K. Coming in with lower opening PTAs were Fox Searchlight's Patti Cake$, which had an estimated $66K in 14 theaters as well as FilmRise's… Read


Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Limited Series

For six years I served on the Television Academy's Board of Governors, representing the Writers' Branch. During that time there were attempts to downplay, eliminate, or move the category once known as Miniseries, and now more broadly referred to as Limited Series. There simply weren't enough contenders, or at least enough reasonably strong contenders, to even pass the Academy's so-called "Rule of 14" that determines if there are enough candidates to trigger a… Read