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Wes Anderson’s Next Movie ‘Isle of Dogs’ Gets Poster, Premiere Date

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Wes Anderson’s upcoming film “Isle of Dogs” got a brand new poster on Tuesday, along with a premiere date — April 20, 2018.

The animated film — which has a massive, star-studded cast including Wes Anderson regulars Edward Norton, Bill Murray, and Jeff Goldblum as well as virgins of the auteur Bryan Cranston and Liev Schreiber — is set in Japan and follows a boy’s odyssey to find his dog.

As such, the poster features the Japanese language translations of all of the billings, as well as the title in massive red characters.


Wes Anderson Announces Cast of His Film ‘Isle of Dogs’ (Watch)

While the stop-motion film’s plot may sound ordinary, in typical Wes Anderson fashion, it’s sure to be creative. For starters, a video released in December revealed that the dogs talk.

The poster features five of the dogs, although it is not identified which actor voices which pup. »

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Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner in Talks to Voice Timon and Pumbaa in New 'Lion King'

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Jon Favreau's Lion King may have found its Hakuna Matata. Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner are in talks to voice Pumbaa and Timon, respectively. 

Donald Glover is set to star as Simba, while James Earl Jones will reprise his role from the 1994 animation as Mufasa.

Jeff Nathanson (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) wrote the script for the live-action adaptation, which is being produced by Favreau and Jeffrey Silver.

In the original animation, Nathan Lane voiced the loud-mouth meerkat and Ernie Sabella tackled the kindly warthog. 

Rogen, who has voiced animated characters in films including Kung Fu Panda, Monsters vs. Aliens and last year's Sausage »

- Mia Galuppo

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Madonna Doesn’t Approve of Movie About Her Life: ‘Only I Can Tell My Story’

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Madonna has condemned Universal for its planned movie about her life. On Monday, the studio announced it had picked up rights to Elyse Hollander’s script for “Blonde Ambition,” a biopic about the rise of the famed pop star. Hollander’s script was ranked No. 1 on the Blacklist, a list of the best screenplays in Hollywood that have yet to be produced.

Madonna had remained silent on the project until Tuesday, when she took to Instagram to voice her displeasure. “Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen, »

- Nigel M. Smith

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Disney Dates ‘Lion King’ and ‘Frozen 2,’ Pushes Fifth ‘Indiana Jones’ Film to 2020

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Disney dated a slew of films on Tuesday, including “Star Wars: Episode IX,” the live-action “Lion King” reboot, and “Frozen 2.” It also moved the release dates for “Indiana Jones,” “Wreck-It Ralph 2,” “Wrinkle in Time,” and others.

Here’s the studio’s full release schedule:

Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) previously dated on 7/28/17 moves to 8/3/18

Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2 (3D) is final title of previous Wreck-it Ralph Sequel – previously dated on 3/9/18 moves to 11/21/18

A Wrinkle In Time (3D) previously dated on 4/6/18 moves to 3/9/18

Magic Camp is final title of previous Untitled Disney Live Action – previously dated on 8/3/18 now moves up to 4/6/18

Gigantic (3D) previously dated on 11/21/18 moves to 11/25/20

Star Wars: Episode IX (3D) now dated on 5/24/19

Untitled Indiana Jones previously dated on 7/19/19 moves to 7/10/20

The Lion King (Live Action) (3D) now dated on 7/19/19

Untitled Disney Live Action now dated on »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Disney Channel’s ‘Descendants 2’ Gets Mega-Premiere Across Five Networks

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Descendants 2” — the sequel to the hit Disney Channel Original Movie “Descendants” — is getting a massive boost for its summer premiere with a simultaneous debut across five different networks in Disney/ABC Television Group, including a primetime broadcast slot.

Descendants 2” will premiere on the Disney Channel, Disney Xd, Freeform, Lifetime and ABC on Friday, July 21 at 8 p.m. The TV movie will also be available on-demand and on those five networks’ digital platforms.

The announcement was made by Ben Sherwood, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, who said, “‘Descendants’ fans asked for more, and we’ve answered their call, with more ways to watch and more ways to engage with the next chapter in their favorite TV movie,” said Sherwood. “We’re combining the magic of Disney Channel content with the power and reach of our linear networks and digital platforms to ensure we’re everywhere our fans are all at the »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Cannes: Will Smith, Paolo Sorrentino Join Festival Jury; Full Lineup Announced

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Actors Will Smith and Fan Bingbing and directors Paolo Sorrentino and Maren Ade will serve on the 70th Cannes Film Festival’s jury, whose full lineup was unveiled by festival organizers Tuesday.

Smith, Fan, Ade and Oscar-winner Sorrentino join previously announced jurors Jessica Chastain and Pedro Almodovar, who will preside over the panel. Rounding out the jury that will decide the winner of the Palme d’Or are French actress Agnès Jaoui, South Korean director Park Chan-wook and French composer Gabriel Yared.

Spanish helmer Almodovar, who won the festival’s best director prize in 1999 for “All About My Mother” and best screenplay for 2006’s “Volver,” was named as jury president in January. The festival’s artistic director, Thierry Fremaux, revealed that two-time Oscar nominee Chastain would serve on the official competition jury during an interview with French radio earlier this month. The actress’ breakout role came in Terrence Malick’s »

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Faye Dunaway Felt ‘Very Guilty’ About Best Picture Mistake at the Oscars

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Faye Dunaway is finally speaking out about her role in #EnvelopeGate, two months after the now-infamous 89th Academy Awards best picture gaffe.

The Oscar-winning “Network” actress sat down with anchor Lester Holt on “NBC Nightly News” Monday, recounting the moments leading up to the mistake.

Dunaway and co-presenter Warren Beatty were responsible for announcing the night’s final award when she accidentally called out “La La Land” instead of “Moonlight.”

“[Beatty] took the card out, and he didn’t say anything. He paused, he looked over me, off-stage, he looked around, and I finally said, ‘You’re impossible.’ I thought he was joking! A dramatic pause.”

The confusion was cleared up moments later when the “La La Land” producers were informed they had lost, prompting both movies’ casts and crews to awkwardly crowd the stage.

While the mix-up »

- JD Knapp

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NBC Chief Bob Greenblatt Talks ‘SNL,’ ‘This Is Us’ With Chris Hardwick at Nab

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NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt credits the digital virality of “Saturday Night Live” in part for the show’s current upswing.

“‘SNL’ is unique this year with the election — we know what happened there,” Greenblatt said Tuesday at the Nab Show in Las Vegas. “This show is as relevant as it’s ever been, talking about the political world that we live in. That stuff goes viral and goes crazy every single week [on digital]. And I really think one enhances the other. The ratings have never been stronger and the digital has never been bigger.”

Greenblatt appeared at Nab in a keynote conversation with Chris Hardwick, host of NBC’s “The Wall” and upcoming “The Awesome Show.” The 45-minute conversation focused on NBC’s efforts in digital and social media, touching on key programs such as “SNL,” “This Is Us,” and “The Voice.”

Asserting that NBC has leaned hard into digital and social media as promotional tools, Greenblatt »

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Fox News Hit With New Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

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Eleven current and former Fox News employees have filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against Fox News. The class-action suit adds to the mounting troubles at the 21st Century Fox-owned cable news network.

The suit, filed in State Supreme Court in the Bronx, accuses Fox News of “abhorrent, intolerable, unlawful and hostile racial discrimination.” It expands on a complaint filed in March by Tichaona Brown and Tabrese Wright, two black women who previously worked in Fox News’ payroll department. The women claim that longtime company comptroller Judith Slater engaged in racist behavior that was routinely overlooked by Fox News executives.

Monica Douglas, a third Fox News employee, joined Brown and Wright’s lawsuit last month. She was fired by the cable channel in February.

Adasa Blanco, another Fox News employee, filed a separate lawsuit Tuesday against the network, Slater, and Fox News lawyer Dianne Brandi in federal court in the Southern District of New York.

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- Daniel Holloway

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Fox News Hit With 2 More Lawsuits Over Alleged Racial Discrimination

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Embattled Fox News was hit with lawsuits over alleged racial discrimination on Tuesday, including a class action suit in which former “Fox and Friends” co-host Kelly Wright was among the plaintiffs, according to documents obtained by TheWrap. Wright was one of 11 former or current Fox News employees attached to a class action suit filed in Bronx Supreme Court accusing the leading cable news network of fostering an environment in which top-down racial harassment occurred, joining three other former Fox News staffers who filed a separate racial discrimination complaint. “When it comes to racial discrimination, 21st Century Fox has been operating as if. »

- Matt Pressberg

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Tribeca Review: ‘The Sinner,’ Starring Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman

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The murder at the beginning of “The Sinner” happens so suddenly that it at first seems like a dream. That’s partly because the first few minutes of the pilot before the murder are spent watching Cora (Jessica Biel), a suicidal young mother, move in and out of a dream state fueled by memories and visions and maybe prayer, too. At first, these visions are a little too gauzy for comfort — the wisps of Cora’s consciousness have a hackneyed, Lifetime quality that has more to do with a certain kind of television camerawork than it does with how mentally ill people really experience their disease.

But once Cora, motivated by unclear forces, pounces on a fellow beachgoer with a paring knife and stabs him to death — in sight of her husband, son, and dozens of others lounging on the lakeshore — “The Sinner” snaps into focus, leaving behind most of the gauziness for a whodunit where the »

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Read Rupert Murdoch’s Memo to Fox News Staff: ‘Last Few Weeks Have Been Tough for Everyone’

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Rupert Murdoch sent an email to Fox News employees on Tuesday congratulating the network for a “stellar performance” following the ouster of its top draw, Bill O”Reilly. Though Murdoch never mentions O’Reilly by name, he does acknowledge that “the last few weeks have been tough for everyone here, but our passion for news and commitment to our viewers continue to lead us through.” As TheWrap reported Monday, the company has been slow to react to the sexual harassment allegations which lead to O’Reilly’s ouster from the network last week. According to several insiders, the company has yet to hold a single. »

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Roadside Attractions Picks Up 'Forever My Girl' for October Release

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Roadside Attractions has acquired domestic distribution rights to Ld Entertainment's Forever My Girl, which is set to hit theaters nationwide on Oct. 27.

Directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf, Forever My Girl is based on the novel of the same name by Heidi McLaughlin. The movie tells the story of a country music superstar (Alex Roe) who left his bride (Jessica Rothe) at the altar years earlier in order to chase fame and fortune instead. When he returns to his hometown for the funeral of his high school best friend, he is suddenly faced with the consequences of all that he »

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TV News Roundup: Mark Consuelos Cast in ‘Riverdale’ Season 2 as Veronica’s Father

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In today’s roundup, Mark Consuelos has been cast as Veronica Lodge’s father in Season 2 of “Riverdale,” while Samantha Bee’s “Not the White House Correspondents Dinner” will stream on Twitter.


Mark Consuelos may be joining the the CW’s “Riverdale” cast for the show’s second season as Hiram Lodge, according to TV Line. Lodge, Veronica Lodge’s heretofore-unseen father, has been stuck in jail throughout the first season due to an embezzlement charge. Per the show’s official description, Lodge is described as a “a ruthless, handsome, charismatic businessman who is coming back to Riverdale after weathering a financial scandal that almost destroyed him. He is there to reconnect with his wife Hermione and, especially, his daughter Veronica, who is the apple of his eye.” Consuelos’ appearance in the show, however, is dependent on whether or not Fox’s baseball drama “Pitch,” on which Consuelos co-stars, is »

- Erin Nyren

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Twentieth Century Fox Delivers ‘Alien: Covenant In Utero’ Virtual Reality Experience

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Twentieth Century Fox invited a handful of journalists for an inside look at “Alien: Covenant” on Tuesday morning to celebrate the second prequel in Fox’s “Alien” franchise, which hits theaters May 19. And by that, we mean a real “inside look.” TheWrap strapped on an Oculus Rift headset for a demo of “Alien: Covenant In Utero,” a virtual reality experience from Twentieth Century Fox that puts the viewer in the womb with a Neomorph, a white-headed creature new to “Alien: Covenant” that is born when alien spores are released from pods and enter the bloodstreams of humans. In full — and graphic. »

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Roman Polanski’s Victim Sends Letter to Da: ‘You Have Treated Me With Contempt’

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Roman Polanski’s victim has expressed her outrage to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office over the way she has been treated by legal authorities in a case that has now spanned 40 years. Meanwhile Polanski’s attorney has been trying to clear the way for the director to return to the United States without any required jail time. In the letter dated April 21, Samantha Geimer (who was identified by Deputy district attorney Michele Hanisee as “the victim” and not specifically by name) wrote: “You and those have come before you have never protected me, you have treated me with contempt, »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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'Star Wars': The Impossible Task Facing 'Episode IX'

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Star Wars: Episode IX is a movie that already feels potentially doomed to failure, at least in one respect.

That's not necessarily a statement on the quality of the finished film — a movie that, after all, hasn't even started shooting. (Indeed, it's a movie that is still in the rewriting process, according to comments made by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy at the recent Star Wars Celebration event). In terms of objective quality, there's every possibility that it could be the best movie of the current core trilogy of films launched with 2015's The Force Awakens.

It's also not a »

- Graeme McMillan

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What ‘SNL’ Will Do If Hollywood Writers Go on Strike Next Week

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Chris Pine is set to host “Saturday Night Live” on May 6 — but not if the Writers Guild of America follows through on its threat to go on strike next week should it fail to reach a new agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. NBC’s sketch comedy staple is prepared to go into reruns if writers take to the picket line when the guild’s current contract expires on May 1, TheWrap has learned. Depending on the length of a work stoppage, that could effect the three remaining episodes left on the season 42 schedule of “SNL”: »

- Tony Maglio

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Madonna Appears to Criticize Unauthorized Biopic: "Only I Can Tell My Story"

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A day after Universal acquired the rights to Black List script Blond Ambition, which tracks Madonna's early career, the singer took to social media to express her misgivings.

"Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen," Madonna wrote Tuesday in a pointed Instagram post, which was paired with a photo of the superstar from early in her career. "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."

The screenplay from newcomer Elyse Hollander »

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'Thumper': Film Review | Tribeca 2017

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Jordan Ross’ debut feature Thumper proves timely in its depiction of an economically ravaged suburban California community whose young people have increasingly turned to drugs. Unfortunately, the film, receiving its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, turns out to be a routine crime-driven tale featuring all-too familiar characters and situations. The hand of executive producer Cary Fukunaga (True Detective, Beasts of No Nation) is evident in the gritty, atmospheric tension permeating the proceedings, but Thumper fails to overcome its numerous clichés.

The storyline revolves around Kat (Eliza Taylor), a new student at a high school in a town that’s »

- Frank Scheck

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