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Angelina Jolie Lines Up New Acting, Directing Projects (Exclusive)
Hollywood and Asian royalty rubbed shoulders Feb. 18 at the Cambodian premiere of Angelina Jolie's new directorial endeavor, First They Killed My Father. Adapted from Khmer Rouge survivor Loung Ung’s memoir, the movie tells the story of Ung’s dramatic childhood and features a cast of mostly nonprofessionals, reproducing the nightmare of life under Pol Pot.
Noticeably absent from the low-key affair — held in the Cambodian city of Angkor — were Hollywood A-listers, including Netflix's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, who, sources say, paid a whopping $25 million for the Khmer-language release, due out this fall, with an awards-qualifying rollout »
- Tatiana Siegel
Fox’s Marvel Pilot Casts Jamie Chung As Blink
Jamie Chung is crossing over from the DC to the Marvel universe. The actress, who recurred as Valerie Vale on Batman prequel series Gotham, has been cast as a series regular on another Fox comic book drama project, the X-Men-themed untitled Marvel pilot. Written by Matt Nix and directed by Bryan Singer, the pilot focuses on two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an… »
Leah Adler, Mother of Steven Spielberg, Dies at 97
Raised during the Roaring Twenties and the Depression with her older brother Bernard, Adler developed a love of music when she learned piano at the age of 5. She later studied at the Music Conservatory in Cincinnati and graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Home Economics.
In February 1945, she married electrical engineer Arnold Meyer Spielberg and they had »
- Mike Barnes
Oscar Box Office: 'La La Land' Leads Best Picture Nominees With $340.5M Globally
That puts the pic's global total at $340.5 million to date, by far the most of any of the nine films competing for best picture at Sunday's Academy Awards show. And it bests the $306.8 million earned by the musical Chicago, which won best picture in 2003.
La La Land has been a sleeper hit in Asia, where it has earned $24.5 million in China and a rousing $23.4 million in South »
- Pamela McClintock
‘Game of Thrones’ Star Alfie Allen Joins ‘The Predator’ Reboot
Shane Black is directing from a script by Fred Dekker. John Davis, Joel Silver, and Lawrence Gordon — who produced the original — are returning for the reboot as well. Fox has already scheduled “The Predator” for a Feb. 9, 2018, opening.
Major plot details are being kept under wraps other than the movie being set in suburbia. “Narcos” star Boyd Holbrook replaced Benicio del Toro as the lead back in October. The cast also includes Jacob Tremblay, Trevante Rhodes, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, and Keegan-Michael Key.
The original “Predator” was directed by John McTiernan and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, and Jesse Ventura as commandos attempting to rescue hostages while being stalked in a jungle in Central America by a fearsome extra-terrestrial, played by Kevin Peter Hall.
Alfie Allen, who »
- Dave McNary
Britney Spears’ Paparazzo-Targeting Umbrella Goes Up for Auction
Recently shaved your head? Find yourself needing to fend off pesky paparazzi, but lack a proper implement to do so? Do we have an auction item for you. A decade after Britney Spears famously battled a paparazzo with an umbrella, the videographer on the receiving end of Spears’ wrath is putting the singer’s weapon of choice up for auction. Also Read: James Corden Recaps Lifetime's Britney Spears Biopic: 'A Cinematic Masterpiece' (Video) Feb. 21/2007 – Britney Spears, after dealing with some personal issues, attacked a paparazzi’s car with an umbrella. pic.twitter.com/bxSWk3vXTM – Today In History (@TodayThatWas) February »
- Tim Kenneally
10 Highest-Rated New Broadcast TV Series of 2016-2017 Season (Photos)
In case you’ve been living under a rock, “This Is Us” is gaining on “Empire” and “The Big Bang Theory” in the race to be top entertainment show on network television. But the new NBC drama isn’t the only freshman show making noise on the Nielsen sheets. TheWrap has mapped out the 10 highest-rated freshman Big 4 broadcast television shows, ranking them by their strong ratings. All numbers in this story come from the key 18-49 demographic, and include a week of delayed viewing where available. Here are some good ones: Rank: 7 (tie) Show: “Speechless” Net: ABC Rating: 2.0 Also Read: Ratings: 'NCIS, »
- Tony Maglio
Rachel Bloom, Adam Pally to Star in Comedy ‘Most Likely to Murder’
Dan Gregor, who works as a writer and consulting producer with Bloom on her CW series “Crazy Ex Girlfriend,” will direct the film from a script he co-wrote with Doug Mand, his writing partner on “Crazy Ex Girlfriend” and “How I Met Your Mother.” Mand will also appear in the movie, which starts production in New York in March.
Pally will portray a man — once the most popular student in high school — who returns to his hometown 10 years after graduating to find that the girl he still likes is now dating the former high school outcast. When the outcast’s mother dies under mysterious circumstances, he tries to prove she was murdered.
Pally and Bloom will produce, along with Petra Ahmann. »
- Dave McNary
Donald Trump Won’t Watch the Oscars, Sean Spicer Says
If Meryl Streep or another big name Hollywood star gets political on the Oscars stage on Sunday night, Donald Trump won’t see it. At Wednesday’s White House press briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that he doesn’t know why actors have suddenly taken to criticizing the president while accepting awards this season. “I have no idea. It’s a free country,” he said. “I think Hollywood is known for being rather far to the left in its opinions.” Also Read: Trump Fans Call for Oscar Boycott, Target 'Arrogant Hypocrites' Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence Spicer also »
- Reid Nakamura
10 Lowest-Rated New Broadcast TV Series of 2016-2017 Season (Photos)
“This Is Us” is killing it over on NBC, but not all first-season series can make such a claim. As a matter of fact, a number of them are performing very, very poorly. TheWrap has mapped out the 10 lowest-rated freshman Big 4 broadcast television shows, ranking them by their lackluster Nielsen numbers. All ratings in this story come from the key 18-49 demographic, and include a week of delayed viewing where available. First, some not-so-terrible ones: Rank: 9 (tie) Show: “The New Celebrity Apprentice” Net: NBC Rating: 1.3 Also Read: Ratings: 'NCIS,' 'This Is Us' Keep Tuesday Dominance Rolling Rank: »
- Tony Maglio
‘Get Out’ Review: Jordan Peele Scores With a Scary, Funny, Relevant Directorial Debut
The spirit of Ira Levin is alive and well in “Get Out,” Jordan Peele’s impressive feature debut as a writer-director. Levin was best known for novels like “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Stepford Wives,” chilling little tales in which a seemingly posh and prosperous community was hiding something truly terrifying. That’s the vibe that Peele nails so successfully. On the sketch show “Key & Peele,” he and comedy partner Keegan-Michael Key were masters at finding the humor in the uncomfortable gulf between male and female, black and white, gay and straight, nerdy and cool; here, there’s a similar mining of everyday. »
- Alonso Duralde
‘Seinfeld’ Alum Jason Alexander Spars With Trump Supporters Over Gen. McMaster’s George Costanza Reference
Was that wrong? Should he not have done that? “Seinfeld” alum Jason Alexander found himself devoting part of his week to fending off criticism, after commenting on the fact that newly tapped national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster once apparently referenced Alexander’s “Seinfeld” character George Costanza. The heated back-and-forth began Monday, when it was pointed out to Alexander on Twitter that McMaster once apparently referred to targeting enemies with bombing as the military equivalent of “George Costanza in ‘Seinfeld,’ ‘leave on an up note’ — just go in, do a lot of damage, and leave.” Also Read: George Clooney Calls President. »
- Tim Kenneally
Berlin Film Review: ‘Up in the Sky’
There are kids movies that nod to the fact that there will be adults in the audience by including winky references that fly over younger heads, or peppering the dialogue with pop culture allusions, or operating on some ironic double level. And then there are others, the rarer and more precious, that simply make the watching adults feel like the children they once were, all over again.
Swedish TV puppeteer and first-time feature director Petter Lennstrand’s unfeasibly endearing “Up in the Sky” is of the latter variety: a simple story told with such genuine heart, offbeat humor and unfakeable innocence that it feels like rediscovering a foundational movie from your own past, even as you watch it for the first time. It seems extremely likely that in a few years’ time, the kids lucky enough to have “Up in the Sky” in their lives right now will consider it a beloved classic. »
- Jessica Kiang
Former Sony, Relativity EuropaCorp Marketing Exec Tommy Gargotta to Join Fox Network (Exclusive)
Film marketing veteran Tommy Gargotta, most recently head of marketing for the Relativity EuropaCorp Distribution venture, has joined the Fox broadcast network in a senior marketing post.
Gargotta will serve as exec VP of creative marketing, reporting to Fox chief marketing officer Angela Courtin. Courtin joined Fox from Relativity nearly two years ago.
Gargotta will oversee the on-air promotion and design departments for Fox, extending beyond the network to print, digital and outdoor venues. He’s taking on a newly created position.
“Tommy is one of the most creative marketers in the business,” said Courtin. “His extensive experience, passion for marketing and sharp creative eye make him the perfect person to develop strategic campaigns for our breakthrough shows and amplify all of the innovation happening right now throughout Fox.”
Gargotta was named president of theatrical marketing for Relativity EuropaCorp in March 2015. That entity is essentially defunct given Relativity’s dire straits. In »
- Cynthia Littleton
Geoffrey Zakarian Launches Corner Table Entertainment
Celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian has spent so much time on TV during the past decade that he’s decided to launch his own production venture, Corner Table Entertainment.
Zakarian, a regular on Food Network, has partnered with Key Group Worldwide in the company that will focus on scripted and unscripted projects for TV, digital and mobile outlets. Corner Table has a production space in midtown Manhattan complete with a kitchen.
“I am very excited to produce dynamic content for the modern audience,” Zakarian said. “I have a passion for discovering new talent as well as continuing to collaborate with established personalities in food, entertainment and lifestyle.”
Zakarian hosts Food Network’s competition series “Cooks Vs. Cons.” He’s also a regular judge on “Chopped” and has been an “Iron Chef” winner. As a restaurateur he’s known for New York’s Lambs Club and National eateries and Atlantic City’s Water Club.
- Cynthia Littleton
Ben Foster to Star in Family Drama ‘My Abandonment’
Shooting will start in Portland, Ore., in April. Bron Creative and First Look Media announced Wednesday that they will co-finance and executive produce.
Granik, will direct from a script she adapted with Anne Rosellini from Peter Rock’s novel of the same name. The film tells the story of 13-year-old and her father who are found living in Forest Park, a temperate rainforest abutting Portland. When authorities pluck them from their hidden world, where they lived peacefully and practically, they must embark on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their own.
The producers are Anne Harrison through her Harrison Productions; Linda Reisman through her Reisman Productions and Rosellini through Still Rolling Productions. The executive producers are Bron Creative’s Aaron L. Gilbert, »
- Dave McNary
Cable Ratings: Rachel Maddow Posts Best Week Since 2008 as Fox News Dominates
Fox News finished the week of Feb 13-18 as the most-watched network among all of basic cable in both total viewers and prime-time viewers, marking the fifth-straight week that Fnc has won both categories. Fox News averaged 2.7 million prime-time viewers to beat TNT, which averaged 1.99 million. MSNBC finished third with 1.58 million prime-time viewers thanks to the most-watched week ever for “The Rachel Maddow Show” since October 2008. Maddow has been on a serious roll lately, averaging over 2 million viewers every night since President Trump’s inauguration. She averaged 2.6 million viewers leading up to the ’08 election. Also Read: TMZ's »
- Brian Flood
‘Lethal Weapon’ Gets Second Season Order at Fox
Fox has given an early renewal to buddy cop series “Lethal Weapon,” Variety has learned.
The TV adaptation of the Mel Gibson-Danny Glover film, starring Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans, has proved a more than solid performer for Fox, averaging a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic and an average audience of 6.63 million; Fox says that viewing over all linear and digital platforms brings the total viewer average up to 11 million per episode. It was the network’s first new series to be given a full season order back in October.
“‘Lethal Weapon’ continues to fire on all cylinders,” said Fox Broadcasting entertainment president David Madden. “Every week, it delivers a big, fun rollercoaster ride, but also remains touchingly human and genuinely emotional, and that’s due to the chemistry that’s developed not only between Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford, but the entire cast. We want to thank our producing partners, Warner Bros. »
- Oriana Schwindt
‘Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ in Ratings Rebound Thanks to Political Climate
August was not the hottest month for Stephen Colbert. Ratings for CBS’ “The Late Show” — which had been on a steady slide since shortly after Colbert’s debut as host in 2015 — hit a new low, with the monthly total-viewer average slipping below 2 million for the first time. If its trajectory continued, Colbert’s “Late Show,” already far behind Jimmy Fallon and NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” was in danger of falling into third place in the ratings wars below ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Fallon appeared primed for a long reign as king of late night.
Six months later, Colbert has the industry watching the throne.
The former host of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” is on a streak that just recently seemed unthinkable — three straight weeks of topping Fallon. After airing reruns the week of Jan. 23, “The Late Show” returned Jan. 30 and averaged slightly more than 2.77 million total viewers for the week, edging »
- Daniel Holloway
Fox Renews ‘Lethal Weapon’ for Season 2
Fox has renewed its buddy copy comedy “Lethal Weapon” for a second season, the network announced Wednesday. “‘Lethal Weapon’ continues to fire on all cylinders,” said Fox Broadcasting President David Madden in a statement. “Every week, it delivers a big, fun rollercoaster ride, but also remains touchingly human and genuinely emotional, and that’s due to the chemistry that’s developed not only between Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford, but the entire cast. We want to thank our producing partners, Warner Bros., as well as Matt Miller, McG, Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz, who have done a fantastic job in crafting a. »
- Linda Ge
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