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‘The Originals’ Danielle Campbell Boards ‘You Can Choose Your Family’

EXCLUSIVE: Danielle Campbell, who starred as Davina Claire for four seasons on CW's The Originals, has joined first-time feature director Miranda Bailey’s comedy You Can Choose Your Family, from Imagine Entertainment and Cold Iron Pictures. The film, which is currently in production in New York, stars Jim Gaffigan along with Anna Gunn, Samantha Mathis, Alex Karpovsky and Logan Miller. The pic follows 17-year-old Philip (Miller) who, while on spring break, learns his… Read

International

Alec Baldwin & Whoopi Goldberg Chat Up Plans For Global Leonard Bernstein Centenary Extravaganza

Alec Baldwin and Whoopi Goldberg lent more than star power to Tuesday’s announcement of plans for a 2-year celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday. Events beginning this summer will highlight a career that spanned conducting, composing (including, among his best-known works the score of On The Waterfront and the music for West Side Story and Candide), teaching and human rights activism, all of which held direct appeal to Baldwin and Goldberg. “Though I never met… Read

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Robert De Niro Calls “Bullsh*t” On Trump White House’s Efforts To Defund The Arts

Robert De Niro ripped into the Trump administration's plans to chop funding to the arts tonight at a gala benefit in his honor at Lincoln Center on Monday night. In his acceptance speech, De Niro called for health care and referenced Donald Trump's comments about Meryl Streep following her own honor at the Golden Globes earlier this year, but he reserved the bulk of his ire for lamenting to strip funding to government support to agencies supporting the arts. "We make… Read

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June Diane Raphael, Hannibal Buress & Sarayu Blue Enlist In ‘The Pact’

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EXCLUSIVE: Grace And Frankie actress June Diane Raphael, comedian Hannibal Buress, and Sarayu Blue are making The Pact for Universal/Point Grey Pictures. Production has commenced on the film, helmed by Kay Cannon and starring Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and John Cena.  It’s slated for release April 20. Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver on board to produce the pic, written by Brian Kehoe, Jim Kehoe, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg and Eben Russell. It follows… Read

Business

Johnny Depp’s Ex-Biz Managers Slam “False And Fraudulent” Suit By ‘Pirates’ Actor

The ever-salacious legal battle between Johnny Depp and his former business managers at the Mandel Company was notched up to another level today in a new version of its multi-claim complaint against the Pirates of the Caribbean actor. This latest filing from the company doing business as TMG follows a chatty sit-down with The Wall Street Journal Depp did last week that touched on many matters of the lawsuit and his belief that his money is his to spend as he chooses. “Depp… Read

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No Omerta As Coppola, Pacino And Cast Recall ‘Godfather’ Shoot – Tribeca

Al Pacino had to jump through hoops – including at least six screen tests – before securing the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather. Marlon Brando was so into playing Vito Corleone that during an early reading for director Francis Ford Coppola, he answered a phone call in character. A pivotal baptism scene, set against an orgy of assassinations as Michael consolidated his power, didn’t work until a second edit and the addition of an organ track to weave it together… Read

TV

Will Ferrell Brings His George W. Bush To Samantha Bee’s Press Bash

Will Ferrell dropped by the taping of Samantha Bee’s Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, to air on TBS tonight. “It’s not a party without a special guest,” Bee’s Full Frontal just tweeted, showing Ferrell in all his W glory. In another tweet (see them below), Ferrell holds up a very W-like painting. Full Frontal‘s Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner airs tonight at 10 pm ET on TBS. In a brief interview on MSNBC this afternoon, Bee said she and Full Frontal… Read

Business

Climate March: Leo DiCaprio, Jane Fonda, Jared Leto Among Hollywood Voices

Another weekend, another march, more celebrity tweets. Today’s People’s Climate March in Washington D.C. – and sister marches in cities around the world – drew support from Leonardo DiCaprio, Lee Pace, Jane Fonda, Kerry Washington, Barry Sloane and Jared Leto. “It’s time to change climate change,” tweeted Leto (read the messages below), while Six‘s Sloane demanded we protect “the pale blue dot.” Though the march has been planned for months, enthusiasm – and anger – was… Read

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‘Reservoir Dogs’ Reunion: Quentin Tarantino Recalls When He “Knew Making Movies Was Going To Work Out” — Tribeca

Quentin Tarantino took the 25th anniversary Reservoir Dogs roadshow to the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, bringing along cast members Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi and Tim Roth. The film played at Sundance in January, returning to the place where it had its world premiere in 1992. Journalist Lynn Hirschberg began the post-screening chat at the Beacon Theater on Manhattan's Upper West Side asking Tarantino to recall the first screening at the festival. "It… Read

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Tom Hanks Rocks Bruce Springsteen, After Saluting Jonathan Demme – Tribeca

The Tribeca Film Festival conversation between Tom Hanks and Bruce Springsteen was planned long in advance but took on an unanticipated poignancy in the timing Friday afternoon, as an overflow crowd jammed the Beacon Theatre on New York’s Upper West Side. Welcoming the crowd, festival producer Paula Weinstein dedicated the event to Jonathan Demme, who died Wednesday at home in the city. “I realized what we really want as a festival is to dedicate today’s talk to the… Read

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Tom Hanks, Jodie Foster, David Byrne, Meryl Streep Remember Jonathan Demme

“He was the grandest of men,” says Tom Hanks. “A big-hearted, big tent, compassionate man,” recalls Meryl Streep. Hollywood reacted today with heartbreak and praise to news of Jonathan Demme’s death. “Rest In Peace, JD…”, tweeted Alec Baldwin, who made an early big-screen appearance in 1988 with Demme’s Married to the Mob. “The World lost one of its purest, most loving and talented souls today,” said Christine Lahti, who costarred in the director’s 1984 Swing Shift. David… Read

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Madonna Criticizes Unauthorized Biopic ‘Blonde Ambition’

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A day after Universal Pictures optioned the rights to the Madonna biopic Blonde Ambition, the singer is voicing her opinion about the unauthorized project, saying only she can tell her story. “Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen,” Madonna wrote Tuesday on social media. “Only I can tell my story. Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool. Looking for instant gratification without doing the work. This is a disease in our society.” Elyse Hollander's Blonde Amb… Read