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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, »

- Justin Kroll

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

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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’

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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.


Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds Reminisce About On-Set Jokes at ‘Life’ SXSW World Premiere

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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You’ll See More of Host Angela in ‘Westworld’ Season 2 – and Her Plot Thickens

18 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A standout “Westworld” guest star has been promoted to series regular in Season 2 of the HBO series. Talulah Riley, who played the host and greeter Angela, will continue to play the character into Season 2, TheWrap has learned. Angela is the “host whose beatific face welcomed guests to Westworld for decades,” an HBO spokesperson told TheWrap. Also Read: 'Westworld' Could Be Another 'Game of Thrones'-Type Hit, Time Warner Boss Says As for what her role will be in the upcoming season, the spokesperson added something more sinister: “Angela will prove to be one of the last faces many guests will ever see. »

- Carli Velocci

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James Franco, Seth Rogen Developing ’90s Teen Drama at Hulu From Writer Kelly Oxford (Exclusive)

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James Franco and Seth Rogen are teaming up — this time, behind the camera.

The duo is developing a ’90s teen drama with author and social media personality Kelly Oxford, who is writing the script, Variety has learned exclusively.

Franco and Rogen will serve as executive producers on the project that is in early development, along with Franco’s producing partner Vince Jolivette and Rogen’s longtime collaborator Evan Goldberg. The hourlong series is currently untitled. Variety‘s source described the project as a teen show set in the 1990’s.

Funny enough, Franco and Rogen started working together on their own teen series in the ’90s, “Freaks and Geeks,” which was a comedy set in the ’80s.

To date, the pair has worked on a number of films together from “Pineapple Express” to “The Interview” to “This Is the End” and most recently, “The Disaster Artist,” which debuted at SXSW to rave reviews. The »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Bob Iger Reveals Young Han Solo’s Age, More ‘Star Wars’ Details

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Disney CEO Bob Iger shed a little more light on the upcoming young Han Solo movie at a USC event Thursday, providing details about the “Star Wars” universe film centered around the pilot iconically played by Harrison Ford. In an interview with USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism Dean Willow Bay — also Iger’s wife — in Santa Monica, he said the still-untitled film, scheduled for release on May 25, 2018, will cover Solo’s life from the ages of 18 to 24 and show him finding the Millennium Falcon, meeting Chewbacca and obtaining his name. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directing »

- Matt Pressberg

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

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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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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Hits $461 Million at Worldwide Box Office

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Disney’s blockbuster “Beauty and the Beast” has notched $461.9 million at the worldwide box office in its first week.

The live-action remake took in $11.4 million in North America on Wednesday, setting an all-time record for earning the most revenue on a Wednesday in March — with $8.4 million, it’s 36% above “Passion of the Christ.” “Beauty and the Beast” has already surpassed the entire domestic run of the live-action “Cinderella,” which totaled $201 million in North America.

Internationally, “Beauty and the Beast” reeled in $21.9 million on Wednesday. It opened in France yesterday with $1.8 million, including previews with a 50% market share, representing the second-biggest opening day of 2017 in the country, behind only “Fifty Shades Darker,” and more than double that posted by “Cinderella” and “Maleficent.”

Beauty and the Beast” also launched in first in Belgium with a 70% market share — the biggest debut of the year in that territory. »

- Dave McNary

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

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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, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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

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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. »

- Dave McNary

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Kendrick Lamar Disses ‘Chump’ Trump in New Song, Teases Album Release Date

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Kendrick Lamar is the latest rapper to mock Donald Trump in a new song, calling the President a “chump” in his song, “The Heart Part 4.” “Donald Trump is a chump, know how we feel, punk, tell ‘em that God comin’ and Russia need a replay button, y’all up to somethin.’ Electorial votes look like memorial votes but America’d truth ain’t ignorin’ the votes,” Lamar raps in the song that was dropped late Thursday night. At the end of his new song, Lamar might also be giving fans a hint as to when to expect his new album to drop. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Ratings: CBS’ March Madness Enacts Revenge on ABC’s ‘Tgit’

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Last week, ABC’s “Tgit” lineup held off CBS’ Ncaa Tournament coverage. Last night, not so much. Michigan vs. Oregon and Purdue vs. Kansas catapulted CBS over ABC in both the key 18-49 demographic and among total viewers. The surge is to be expected as March Madness heats up and approaches the Elite 8 round. CBS was first in ratings with a 2.0 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted demographic and in total viewers with an average of 6.6 million, according to preliminary numbers. Also Read: Ratings: 'Empire' Returns to Hand Fox Wednesday Win ABC was second in ratings with a 1.3/5 and in viewers. »

- Tony Maglio

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‘Justice League': The Flash, Wonder Woman Teasers Drop Ahead of New Trailer (Videos)

22 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ahead of the trailer release for “Justice League,” Warner Bros. has released two new teasers featuring Wonder Woman and The Flash. “Wiser United,” reads Gal Gadot‘s Wonder Woman character teaser, while the caption accompanying the one for The Flash reads “Faster United.” On Thursday, the studio released new footage, including a new team banner, a Batman teaser and an Aquaman teaser and poster ahead of the second trailer release, which is set to debut on Saturday. Also Read: New 'Justice League' Footage, Posters Drop Ahead of Trailer Release The date of trailer No. 2 — March 25, 2017 — is significant as it’s the one-year. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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TV Review: ‘Imaginary Mary,’ Starring Jenna Elfman

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Imaginary Mary” is a show about an adult woman with a fuzzy, CGI imaginary friend — which is to say, “Imaginary Mary,” right out of the gate, is a show that makes no sense. Children have imaginary friends; not adults with 401ks and mortgages. The contrast between Alice (Jenna Elfman)’s sophisticated life as a public relations executive and her Pixar-esque, Furby-like security blanket, Mary (voiced by Rachel Dratch) is foundational to “Imaginary Mary’s” premise, which seeks to illustrate how even the most poised adult can be swayed by their long-held fears and fantasies. But the purposeful asymmetry of the premise doesn’t resolve into unified storytelling, in either of the two episodes sent to critics. Instead, “Imaginary Mary” feels most often like a family sitcom that is haunted by its own flawed idea, personified by a mostly cute but sometimes terrifying white-and-blue creature who usually has really bad advice.

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- Sonia Saraiya

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Melissa McCarthy Reveals How She Was Offered the Role of Sean Spicer on ‘SNL’ (Video)

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Melissa McCarthy explained on a recent visit to “Ellen” how she was offered the role of Sean Spicer on “Saturday Night Live.” The episode, which will air on Friday, shows host Ellen DeGeneres talking with both McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone. Considering how much a certain impression has been in the news — and on Spicer’s mind — lately, it had to come up. McCarthy told DeGeneres that Kent Sublette, one of the head writers on “SNL” and an old friend of the couple from their time at the Groundlings, called her up because she was in New York shooting something. »

- Carli Velocci

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HuffPo Columnist Uses Massive Twitter Thread to Lay Out Trump-Russia ‘Mayflower’ Conspiracy

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Twitter is designed to deliver a message in a limited number of characters. A Huffington Post columnist gamed the medium to explain a conspiracy theory related to President Trump’s Russian ties in a series of 40-plus tweets. Columnist and frequent Trump critic Seth Abramson feels that he has evidence to support claims that, “The plot to sell America’s foreign policy for foreign oil and steal an election in the bargain began at the Mayflower Hotel.” He kicked off his tweet storm on Thursday by noting, “Paul Manafort took over the Trump campaign on April 16, just 72 hours before Trump mathematically eliminated his competition. »

- Brian Flood

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'Beauty and the Beast' Short Imagines How Gaston and Le Fou Met (Exclusive Video)

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Ever wonder how Beauty and the Beast's scene-stealing duo Gaston and Le Fou met?

So did one very creative 12-year-old. Ahead of the release of Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast, the studio teamed up with Tongal (an independent creative network with a global community of more than 120,000 writers, directors and animators) and Young Storytellers to a group of children a sneak peek of the film on the Disney lot. Then, they were paired with their mentors to write scripts inspired by their favorite characters from the film. Tongal then matched these Young Storytellers' scripts with its network of »

- Rebecca Ford

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'The Boss Baby': Meet the Voices Behind the Animated Characters

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This baby runs the household.

From DreamWorks Animation, The Boss Baby stars the voice of Alec Baldwin as a briefcase-carrying, suit-wearing baby that partners up with his 7-year-old brother. The two team up to to overturn the CEO of Puppy Co. Along the way, they must save their parents and prove to the world that love is an undeniable force.

Below, see who voices the characters in the movie, which hits theaters Friday.


- Kara Haar

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Jimmy Fallon, Migos and The Roots Perform ‘Bad and Boujee’ With Office Supplies (Video)

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Jimmy Fallon, Migos and The Roots dressed up like accountants and played “Bad and Boujee” with office supplies on Thursday night. The water cooler jug, scissors, office phone, coffee pots and paper-shredding probably didn’t do the song as much justice as classroom instruments might have — but, hey, “The Tonight Show” tried something new. Plus, with April 15 looming, it is their busy time of year. Of course, had the guys performed it this evening instead, they could have gone in Casual Friday attire. Rookie mistake. Also Read: James Corden Defends Jimmy Fallon Over Soft Trump Interview: Criticism Was 'Really Unfair' Watch the. »

- Tony Maglio

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Emma Thompson Says Trump Once Asked Her Out: ‘I Didn’t Know What to Do’ (Video)

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Beauty and the Beast” star Emma Thompson claims she once was asked out by Donald Trump. “I was doing a film called ‘Primary Colors’ with John Travolta in Hollywood and I was in my trailer and it was on the Universal lot and I had just been divorced,” the actress said during a recent appearance on the Norwegian-Swedish talk show, “Skavlan.” “The phone rings in my trailer which it’s never done before … I lift up the phone, ‘Hi, it’s Donald Trump here!'” she continued. “I said, ‘really? Can I help you?’ and he said, ‘I wondered if »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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