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Cuban-American Actor Tomas Milian, Italian Genre Movies Star, Dies at 84

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Versatile Cuban-American-Italian actor Tomas Milian, known for the intensity he brought to disparate roles, whether in dramas by directors like Bernardo Bertolucci and Steven Soderbergh or as the Roman lowlife character that made him a household name in Italy, died Thursday. He was 84.

Milian died of a stroke in his Miami home, according to Italian news agency Ansa.

A Method actor who studied with Lee Strasberg, Milian played in about 120 movies during a career spanning six decades. Most of the films were shot in Italy, where he worked with directors Michelangelo Antonioni, Luchino Visconti and Pier Paolo Pasolini besides acting in Spaghetti Westerns, cop movies, and the franchise based on his Roman lowlife character “Er Monnezza” (“Mr. Trash”).

Later in his career, Milian moved to the U.S. where, among other films, he appeared in Sydney Pollack’s “Havana,” in Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad,” and played corrupt General Arturo Salazar in Soderbergh’s “Traffic, »


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Amy Schumer Drops Out of ‘Barbie’ Movie (Exclusive)

17 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amy Schumer has parted ways with Sony’s live-action “Barbie” over a scheduling conflict, Variety has learned.

“Sadly, I’m no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts,” the actress said in a statement to Variety. “The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners. I’m bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen.”

The big screen adaptation of Mattel’s iconic toy line was expected to start production this summer on June 23, but Schumer’s busy schedule includes a lengthy promotional tour for her new Fox comedy “Snatched,” which opens in May.

Sony, however, needed to stick to its June 29, 2018 release date as Mattel already has merchandise and product cycles in motion–shifting the production to accommodate Schumer would have put on a strain on other partners on the film, according to insiders.

“We respect and support Amy’s decision, »


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Miles Teller’s War Drama ‘Thank You for Your Service’ Gets Awards Season Release

18 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal has given an awards season release date of Oct. 27 for Miles Teller‘s drama “Thank You for Your Service.”

Based on David Finkel’s 2013 book, “Thank You for Your Service” follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield. The cast includes Haley Bennett, Amy Schumer, Joe Cole, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar Dorsey, and Jayson Warner Smith.

Jason Hall, who wrote the screenplay for “American Sniper,” makes his directorial debut. Jon Kilik (“The Hunger Games” series) produces the film, while Ann Ruark executive produces. »


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'Beauty and the Beast' to Repeat at #1 Over 'Power Rangers', 'Life' and 'CHiPs'

19 hours ago | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

As has been the case over the last three weekends, this weekend is looking to outperform last year and, once again, by a significant margin. The big story, of course, is Disney's Beauty and the Beast as it continues to blow the doors off, becoming one of the fastest films to top $200 million at the domestic box office and, by the end of this weekend, will have topped $300 million in just ten days of release. In addition to Beauty and the Beast's second weekend, three new wide releases make their debut including Lionsgate's Power Rangers, Sony's R-rated sci-fi Life and WB's R-rated comedy CHiPs, all of which will have varying degrees of success as the top twelve should top a combined $180 million, making it the second largest weekend of the year. As of Wednesday, Disney's Beauty and the Beast has brought in $217.6 million domestically and another $244.3 million internationally. This »


- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Jake Gyllenhaal, ‘Life’ Director Daniel Espinosa to Reteam on ‘The Anarchists vs ISIS’

18 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jake Gyllenhaal and “Life” director Daniel Espinosa are teaming up on another movie: “The Anarchists vs Isis[/link].”

Gyllenhaal is attached to star with Espinosa on board to helm the film adaptation.

Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker, in association with Bold Films, optioned Seth Harp’s Rolling Stone piece, which the film is based on, with both on board to produce along with Espinosa.

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Bold Films Chairman Michel Litvak will also produce, while CEO Gary Michael Walters executive produces.

The article tells the true story of a ragtag team of American volunteers, socialists, and outcasts, who are fighting alongside the Kurdish militia, known as the Ypg, to beat Isis in Syria and establish an anarchist collective amid the rubble of war.

“Jake and I are thrilled to partner with Daniel Espinosa on Seth Harp’s daring story. Thematically, »


- Justin Kroll

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Andrew Dice Clay In Negotiations To Join ‘A Star Is Born’ In Key Role

22 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: The Diceman cometh. Andrew Dice Clay, whose acting prowess was on display in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine and HBO’s Vinyl, is in negotiations to play the coveted role of Lorenzo in Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born. The role is known to be significant and considered the comic relief in Warner Bros’ remake; Clay will portray Lady Gaga’s “very Italian” father in what’s said to be a scene-stealing role. A Star Is Born is about a singer (Lady Gaga) who falls in love… »


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Greg Kinnear to Star in Ken Kwapis' 'Piano Lessons'

22 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Greg Kinnear is ready to tickle the ivories.

The Little Men actor is set to star in Piano Lessons, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Todd Garner and John Shestack are producing the drama, which will be directed by Ken Kwapis. David Diamond and David Weissman penned the script, which also includes three strong female roles yet to be cast.

The film stars Kinnear as a lawyer who goes to great lengths to save his relationship. After 20 years of marriage, he aims to prove his love to his wife, a music lover, by taking piano lessons from a free-spirited female teacher to learn »


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'Highlander' Creator Gregory Widen to Pen Lionsgate's 'Black Samurai'

23 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Yasuke is one step closer to the big screen.

Lionsgate has tapped Highlander creator Gregory Widen to script Black Samurai, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Michael De Luca and Stephen L’Heureux are producing the film as a co-production between Solipsist Films and De Luca Productions.

The period action drama is based on the historical tale of Yasuke, who is known to be the first black samurai to serve a warlord in Japan. Under a warlord named Oda Nobunaga in the mid-1500s, he is known to be the only known African to reach that ranking in feudal Japan.

Widen co-wrote Highlander, the 1986 film about »


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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: A Terrifying Dystopia For Women

27 minutes ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The Handmaid’s Tale was published in 1985, but in a polarizing political climate, the new trailer for its upcoming Hulu adaptation makes the dystopian story feel more relevant than ever. See the chilling trailer below. The Handmaid’s Tale stars Mad Men‘s Elizabeth Moss as Offred, a woman living in a totalitarian regime that has stripped […]

The post ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: A Terrifying Dystopia For Women appeared first on /Film. »


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Flight To Coruscant & Carbon Freeze Bomb Endings To ‘Rogue One’ Revealed

28 minutes ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” arrives digitally today, and all anyone can talk about is about the various versions of the movie that weren’t made. It’s seems the writers and filmmakers had almost too many options on the table at any given time, but it seems the one thing they knew was that none of the characters would survive. And once Disney was on board with that creative decision, there were lots of ideas tossed around about how to send off the rebel heroes.

Continue reading Flight To Coruscant & Carbon Freeze Bomb Endings To ‘Rogue One’ Revealed at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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’20th Century Women’: Annette Bening Digs Deep on Creating Her Character in Exclusive Home Video Featurette — Watch

43 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women” proved to be a favorite of many cinephiles this past awards season. And for anyone who’s still holding on to the pain of star Annette Bening not receiving an Oscar nomination for her nuanced and understated performance as Dorthea, perhaps listening to her talk about her character will soothe your pain.

Read More: ’20th Century Women’: How Mike Mills Empowered Annette Bening and Greta Gerwig

In our new exclusive featurette, which will be included on the upcoming “20th Century Women” DVD and Blu-ray release, Bening, Mills, and Greta Gerwig discuss what went into creating Dorthea (who is based on Mills’ own mother — no pressure) and the presence that Bening’s compelling performance brought to her.

Read More: ’20th Century Women’ Soundtrack: Listen to the Expertly-Curated Early Punk Mix

“One of the things Mike was tapping into is the mystery of our children and our parents, »


- Allison Picurro

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'Beauty And The Beast' retains UK social buzz lead

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Disney remake scores more than 85,000 comments.

Beauty A The Beast, Disney’s live-action remake of the animated classic, received the most buzz on UK social media for the second week in a row, garnering almost four times more comments than all of the other films included in analysis combined.

The Emma Watson-starring musical received 86,940 comments, 12,959 of which indicated an intent to view, between March 16-23. The other films listed on the UK buzz chart, supplied by analysis firm Way to Blue, received 22,270 total comments.

Power Rangers garnered 928 intent-to-view comments out of 9,496 total and moved up one spot to second in social media buzz this week ahead of its March 23 premiere.

Jordan Peele’s Horror-comedy Get Out received the third most comments with 4,114 and Ghost in the Shell, which stars Scarlett Johansson, ranked fourth with 2,887 comments.

For an explanation of the Way to Blue chart and its methodology, which tracks ‘overall buzz’ and important ‘intent to view »


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Cuban-American Actor Tomas Milian Dies Aged 84

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Tomas Milian, the Cuban-American-Italian actor best known for his work in Italian genre films and Spaghetti Westerns, has died at the age of 84. Italian news agency Ansa reported that he died of a stroke in his Miami home on Wednesday. Milian, whose real name was Tomas Quintin Rodriguez Milian, worked with a host of top-notch directors such as Steven Soderbergh, Bernardo Bertolucci and Steven Spielberg, and was recognized for the emotional intensity and humor he brought… »


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Star Wars spin-off will reveal how Han Solo got his name

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Disney CEO Bob Iger says that film will also feature first meeting between character and Chewbacca, and divulges details about the franchise’s future

It is legendary throughout Star Wars’s galaxy far, far away, but it seems that Han Solo’s name may not be his real one.

According to Disney CEO Bob Iger, the forthcoming Han Solo prequel will reveal how Harrison Ford’s space smuggler acquired his name – suggesting that it hasn’t been with him from birth.

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‘Power Rangers’ Review: A Mighty Morphin Good Time at the Movies

56 minutes ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

There’s a scene in the new Power Rangers movie in which Jason, the Red Ranger (Dacre Montgomery), tells one of his fellow Rangers that what matters isn’t the past, but what one works to make the future. It’s a perfectly admirable, earnest sort of sentiment — it’s just one that feels a little off, too, given that […]

The post ‘Power Rangers’ Review: A Mighty Morphin Good Time at the Movies appeared first on /Film. »


- Karen Han

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Awards Roundup: Cinema Con to Fete Naomi Watts, Pflag National to Honor Martha Plimpton and More

57 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our weekly Awards Roundup column.

– Pflag National — the nation’s largest organization for families, friends, and allies of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (Lgbt) — will celebrate The Ninth Annual Straight for Equality Awards, celebrating high-profile allies who are moving equality forward for the Lgbt community, and transforming the way that Lgbtq people are understood and treated by using their talents in their respective fields to empower others to also become engaged on the issues.

This year, the event will celebrate Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Martha Plimpton, CNN political analyst Ana Navarro, and Alcoa. Attendees will also enjoy a performance from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical “Kinky Boots.” The evening will be hosted by comedian Fortune Feimster.

– Two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts will receive the CinemaCon Distinguished Decade of Achievement in Film Award, it was announced by CinemaCon Managing Director, »


- Kate Erbland

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7 Filmmakers Deeply Influenced by Luis Buñuel

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Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel died in 1983, but his films continue to inspire many filmmakers today, including Woody Allen and David O’Russell. New York’s Metrograph theater is presenting a series of the surrealist filmmaker’s work from March 30 to April 6 entitled “Buñuel in France” that will feature five of his films. Buñuel directed 35 movies between 1929 and 1977.

Watch: Was Luis Buñuel a Fetishist? A Video Essay

Here are seven filmmakers who have listed a Buñuel film in their top 10 movies of all time.

Woody Allen

Allen’s favorite Buñuel film is 1972’s “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie,” the famous comedy about six middle-class people attempting to have a meal together. Allen wore his inspiration on his shirt sleeve in his 2011 fantasty-comedy “Midnight in Paris,” casting the actor Adrien De Van to play Buñuel in a scene also featuring the surrealist painter Salvador Dalí (Adrien Brody) and visual artist Man Ray »


- Graham Winfrey

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How ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Is Like Hybrid Disney Remakes ‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘The Lion King’

59 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Disney’s got a great circle of life going with the hybridization of its animated classics.

It’s a different aesthetic, thanks to virtual production: animation has become more like live-action and live-action has become more animated. But it’s intensified with “The Jungle Book” (this years’s VFX Oscar winner) and “Beauty and the Beast.”

While “The Jungle Book” achieved a new level of photographic-based realism, with everything virtual except for Neel Sethi’s real-life Mowgli, “Beauty and the Beast” utilizes more live-action, but also emphasizes photoreal CG characters; the Beast (Dan Stevens), who is performance captured by Digital Domain 3.0, and the enchanted characters that inhabit the castle (created by Framestore).

Read More: Meet ‘The Jungle Book’ VFX Master Rob Legato 

Yet the key to both movies is staying true to their original DNA while grounding them in believable and immersive worlds. This way our familiarity with the beloved »


- Bill Desowitz

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Jay Z and Weinstein Company Team Up for Ambitious Film and Docuseries About Trayvon Martin

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Shawn “Jay-z” Carter will team up the Weinstein Company to make a series of documentary projects about the life and death of Trayvon Martin, Variety reports.

The music mogul and the indie distributor won a bidding war for the rights to two books about the 2012 shooting of the unarmed black teenager:  “Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It” and “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.” The first is by Lisa Bloom, a reporter who covered the trial of George Zimmerman. The second is by Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, and tells the story of Martin’s childhood and the impact of his death on the family.

Read More: Jay Z’s Documentary ‘Time’ Trailer: Six-Part Series Details the Life and Legacy of Kalief Browder

Martin was shot and killed by 28-year-old George Zimmerman, a »


- Jude Dry

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‘Barbie’ Needs Lead Actress, Director & Has To Start Shooting This Summer Because Of Toys

1 hour ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We knew that “Barbie” was never about presenting premium cinema, but the hope was that with the involvement of Amy Schumer as lead actress and even polishing the script by Hilary Winston (“The Lego Ninjago Movie,” “My Name Is Earl“) and Kim Caramele (who has worked with Schumer, as a producer on “Trainwreck,” and producer/writer on “Inside Amy Schumer“), the movie would at least be somewhat more than an extended commercial for a doll.

Continue reading ‘Barbie’ Needs Lead Actress, Director & Has To Start Shooting This Summer Because Of Toys at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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