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Death Times X: 10 Times Charles Xavier Was Killed Off

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Via Hugh Jackman's Twitter account, the first synopsis of March's Logan has been released, reminding everyone of the true purpose of Professor Charles Xavier: his ability to die.

Admittedly, Xavier isn't dead in the Logan synopsis; he's merely "ailing." But the possibility — the likelihood, in fact — that Xavier's death is on the table in the "near future" setting of the movie is unmistakable. Not only will it heighten the movie's dramatic stakes, it'll also make the dwindling of mutantkind as teased by the first trailer all the more pronounced: Even the most famous, iconic mutant of them »

- Graeme McMillan

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SAG Awards: Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton to Present Lily Tomlin With Life Achievement Honor

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The Screen Actors Guild Awards have planned a 9 to 5 reunion for the presentation of the SAG Life Achievement Award to Lily Tomlin.

Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton will present Tomlin with the honor at the live SAG Awards ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 29.

The three women starred together in the 1980 feminist revenge comedy and have remained close friends ever since, with Fonda and Tomlin joining forces again as stars and executive producers on Grace and Frankie. Both Fonda and Tomlin are nominated for SAG Awards this year for best actress in a comedy series for their roles »

- Hilary Lewis

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Thomas Tull to Exit Legendary Entertainment (Exclusive)

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In a major Hollywood executive shake-up, Legendary Entertainment chairman and CEO Thomas Tull is resigning under pressure from the company's Chinese owner.

Tull, a former financial-industry executive who founded Legendary in 2005, sold the company to China's Dalian Wanda Group for a reported $3.5 billion in early 2016. He had been retained as CEO, but sources say Wanda became frustrated with his management and recent projects such as The Great Wall and the currently shooting Pacific Rim 2.

The exit is a dramatic shift for Wanda, whose Hollywood ambitions were cemented when its Legendary acquisition became the largest »

- Rebecca Ford,Kim Masters

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Los Angeles Location Film and TV Shoots Jump 6.2 Percent in 2016

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On-location filming in the greater Los Angeles area hit 39,605 shooting days in 2016, a 6.2 percent increase over 2015, according to FilmL.A., the not-for-profit organization that serves as the film office for the city and county of Los Angeles as well as 20 other jurisdictions.

The year’s total was buoyed by a fourth-quarter increase between October and December that was up 5.1 percent over the same period in 2015, and those numbers were in turn boosted by a late-year surge in feature film production, which increased 22.5 percent to 1,322 shooting days in the fourth quarter over the same »

- Gregg Kilday

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Japanese Anime Phenomenon ‘Your Name’ Gets North American Release Date

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Funimation Films will open Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name in North America on April 7.

Last weekend, the hand-drawn film was honored as best animated feature at the Los Angeles Film Critics Awards. Your Name, which also had a 2016 qualifying run and is in contention for the best-animated feature Oscar, has already found box-office success in Asia — it has become the fourth highest-grossing film ever released in Japan, behind Hayao Miyazaki's Oscar-winning Spirited Away, James Cameron's Titanic and Disney's Frozen.

Your Name follows two teenagers, Mitsuha and Taki, who mysteriously and randomly swap bodies. »

- Carolyn Giardina

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'White Men Can't Jump' Remake in the Works From 'Black-ish' Creator (Exclusive)

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White Men Can't Jump is getting back into the game.

Kenya Barris, the creator of ABC’s acclaimed comedy Black-ish, is teaming up with Los Angeles Clippers player Blake Griffin and Ryan Kalil of the NFL's Carolina Panthers to develop a remake of the 1992 sports comedy for Twentieth Century Fox.

Barris will write the script for the project, which falls under his overall film deal with Fox that he signed in September 2016. Barris will also act as a producer.

Griffin and Kalil are producing via their production banner, Mortal Media, along with their partner Noah Weinstein.

White Men, written »

- Borys Kit

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Tupac Biopic 'All Eyez on Me' Lands at Lionsgate (Exclusive)

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All Eyez on Me, the long-gestating biopic of rapper Tupac Shakur, is finally on its way to theaters.

Lionsgate has acquired the U.S. rights to the Morgan Creek Entertainment film that follows the life of the iconic '90s rapper, and has set it for release June 16 — the day that would have marked Shakur’s 46th birthday.

The film chronicles his rise to superstardom as a hip-hop artist, actor, poet and activist, as well as his imprisonment and controversial time at Death Row Records. Shakur sold more than 75 million records worldwide, with his fourth studio album, 1996's All Eyez »

- Rebecca Ford

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Edward Norton, Bella Thorne, Jim Gaffigan Join Animated 'Guardian Brothers'

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Edward Norton, Bella Thorne, Jim GaffiganMike Birbiglia and Randall Park are joining The Weinstein Co.'s The Guardian Brothers.

The actors join the previously announced voice cast of Meryl Streep, Mel Brooks and Nicole Kidman in the U.S. version of the animated movie. Initially distributed in China by Alibaba Pictures in early 2016 (under the original title The Little Door Gods), the film is being re-voiced in English by TWC.

Michael Lappin is the executive in charge of production at The Weinstein Company. TWC acquired worldwide rights, with the exception of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau, for the film.

The original movie follows the comedic adventures of »

- Ashley Lee

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Berlin Festival Completes Panorama Documentary Lineup

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The Berlin film festival has unveiled the full lineup for its Panorama documentary sidebar, adding more than a dozen world premieres to its nonfiction selection.

Among the docs that will first unspool in Berlin this year are Erase and Forget, Andrea Luka Zimmerman's attempt to tell the true story about the man who inspired Rambo; Andrea Weiss' Bones of Contention, a look at the oppression of Lgbt people in Spain during the Franco dictatorship; and Belinda, Marie Dumora's look at the Yenish, one of Europe's largest groups of nomadic peoples, which will open the Panorama documentary section Feb.10.

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- Scott Roxborough

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See Margot Robbie's Tonya Harding Transformation for 'I, Tonya'

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Margot Robbie's transformation into Tonya Harding is complete.

It was announced last spring that the Suicide Squad star would be lacing up to play the Olympian figure skater with tabloid notoriety for the biopic I, Tonya, and new photos from the film's set show Robbie settling into the titular role. 

Robbie is seen sporting Harding's '90s hairstyle and wardrobe in an appearance that makes it hard to differentiate the actress from the blue-collar Harding she portrays.

The film from director Craig Gillespie will chronicle the events leading up to the infamous scandal, when Olympian figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by »

- Jackie Strause

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Berlin: German Lesbian Filmmaker Monika Treut to Get Teddy Award

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German lesbian filmmaker Monika Treut will receive this year's Teddy Award for lifetime achievement at the Berlin Film Festival.

The Teddy, the world's oldest award honoring queer cinema, turns 31 this year.

The 62-year-old Treut, whose movies include the dramas Virgin Machine (1988) and My Father Is Coming (1991), as well as documentaries such as Gendernauts: A Journey Through Shifting Identities (1999) and Tigerwomen Grow Wings (2005), is considered a pioneer in queer filmmaking.

Treut's Virgin Machine premiered in Berlin's Panorama section, and Gendernauts won the Teddy in 1999 for best documentary.

Treut will be honored at a gala ceremony in »

- Scott Roxborough

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Feinberg Forecast: Oscar Standings During a Week of Purgatory

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These projections are a reflection of Scott Feinberg's personal impressions (from advance screenings), publicly available information (release dates, genres, talent rosters and teasers/trailers often offer valuable clues), historical considerations (how other films with similar pedigrees have resonated), precursor awards (some awards groups have historically correlated with the Academy more than others) and consultations with industry insiders (including fellow members of the press, awards strategists, filmmakers and awards voters).

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- Scott Feinberg

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Xavier Dolan's 'It's Only the End of the World' Leads Canadian Screen Award Film Nominations

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Xavier Dolan's Cannes grand jury prize winning movie It's Only the End of the World, starring Marion Cotillard, secured a field-leading nine nominations, announced Tuesday, for the Canadian Screen Awards.

And BBC America's Orphan Black, where Emmy-winner Tatiana Maslany plays a dozen look-alike characters, nabbed a field-leading 14 nominations in the TV categories.

Dolan's French-language film grabbed nominations for best picture, best director and best adapted screenplay but didn't earn best actress nods for Cotillard or co-star Lea Seydoux,

Dolan had to make do with Vincent Cassel nabbing a nomination in the best supporting actor category and Nathalie Baye securing a »

- Etan Vlessing

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Shorty Awards Nominees Include Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Bell, Leslie Jones (Exclusive)

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Nominees for the 9th annual Shorty Awards — highlighting the best content across the social media landscape including Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, Vine and Periscope, among other platforms — are officially out, with Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Bell, Leslie Jones, Ariana Grande, Mara Wilson, Al Roker, Simone Biles and Aziz Ansari among this year's notables.

Additionally, the TV shows with noteworthy social content for the year include Broad City, Gilmore Girls, Narcos, Orange is the New Black, Stranger Things, Westworld and Mr. Robot, among others. Leonardo DiCaprio, Ashley Graham, Jesse Williams and Shailene Woodley are included in the activism category, »

- Ashley Lee

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The 'Clowntergeist' Trailer Is as Creepy as It Sounds (Exclusive)

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As if clowns weren't creepy enough, feast your eyes on Clowntergeist.

The horror flick is being billed as It meets Poltergeist — and judging from the first trailer, that's about right.

Aaron Mirtes' film tells the story of Emma (Brittany Bellard), a college student with a phobia of clowns who is forced to confront that fear when a demonic clown terrorizes her town.

The killer clown leaves balloons with the date and time of  his victims' deaths, and after receiving a balloon of her own, Emma learns she has just two days to live before the not-so-jolly clown takes her life. 

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- Aaron Couch

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China's Wanda Plans to Invest Billions More in U.S. Entertainment Despite "Trade Tensions"

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Chatting with Reuters during the kickoff to the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday, China's richest man, Wang Jianlin, said his Dalian Wanda Group will continue to invest mightily in the U.S. entertainment industry despite coming trade tensions between Washington and Beijing.

The real estate tycoon turned movie mogul said Wanda has set aside $5-$10 billion for overseas investments each year. He specified that entertainment and sports will be his focus, while the United States is his first choice of target market, followed by Europe.

"Certainly trade will be affected by the tension between the two governments," Wang said »

- Patrick Brzeski

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India Box Office: 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage' Revs Up Ahead of Expanded Release

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Vin Diesel-starrer xXx: Return of Xander Cage is hoping to gather steam in India after the film began its initial rollout in the country last Friday, a week ahead of its U.S. release. According to figures from Paramount, the title collected $4.2 million (about 285 million rupees) in paid previews over two and a half days after its Jan. 13 opening, following the film's premiere in Mumbai, which was attended by Diesel and his co-star, Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, who makes her Hollywood debut with Xander Cage.

As with any Hollywood tentpole release in India, in addition »

- Nyay Bhushan

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Emir Kusturica Says He Rediscovered the "Universal Language of Cinema, Which Is Now Rarely Used"

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Serbian director Emir Kusturica, a two-time Cannes Palme d'Or winner, on Monday claimed that his latest film On the Milky Road rediscovers "the universal language of cinema, which is now rarely used."

Speaking after a screening of the film at the annual Kustendorf Film Festival that he hosts in a hillside retreat near Belgrade, Kusturica apologized to the audience for their tears.

"Excuse me if you were crying too much," Kusturica said of the film, a love story set during the Yugoslav civil war, in which he stars alongside Monica Bellucci. "It is a piece of art with which nothing can compare, because the »

- Nick Holdsworth

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Curzon to Get BAFTA Award for "Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema"

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts said Tuesday that U.K. arthouse cinema group Curzon will receive the annual award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema at the Ee British Academy Film Awards.

The awards will be handed out on Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Royal Albert Hall in London. La La Land leads the nominations.

The Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award is presented annually in honor of Michael Balcon, a British film producer known for his work with Ealing Studios. Previous recipients include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, »

- Georg Szalai

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'The Warrior’s Gate': Film Review

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The latest from Luc Besson’s B-action-adventure factory owes a debt of gratitude to Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall for casting a long, obfuscating shadow for it to hide beneath, chiefly due to its Matt Damon-based whitewashing controversy. Unlike that film, which for better or worse had a plot that hinged on a foreign traveler in China, director Matthias Hoene’s The Warrior’s Gate truly does pivot on a “scrawny” white gamer saving a princess and ensuring peace for the Chinese realm. The $50-million film is the first in EuropaCorp and Shanghai-based Fundamental Films' three-pic co-production deal and is the latest East-West »

- Elizabeth Kerr

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