Ava DuVernay’s Array is getting into the animation business. The prolific producer behind Netflix’s Selma, 13th and When They See Us is adding an animated event series based on author Tui T. Sutherland’s best-selling book series Wings of Fire. The series, which will consist of 10, 40-minute episodes, is described as an epic fantasy saga that appeals to the whole family. […]

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“A Journal for Jordan,” a drama directed by Denzel Washington and starring Michael B. Jordan, has been set for release this December. The film will be released by Sony’s Columbia Pictures and will open on Dec. 10 in New York and Los Angeles, followed by a wide release on Dec. 22. “A Journal for Jordan” […]

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The Academy is not asking Oscar attendees to wear face masks while cameras are rolling during the live ceremony on April 25. The news was announced on Monday morning during a Zoom meeting with Academy reps and nominees, and studio and personal publicists. Because the ceremony — being held at Union Station in downtown Los […]

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Rejoice, “Downton Abbey” fans, because Focus Features will shoot a sequel to the hit movie, itself a spinoff of the long-running television series. The original principal cast will all once again return for the second film, which began production last week and is set to release on December 22, 2021. Gareth Neame’s Carnival Films will […]

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Hollywood was in mourning over English stage and screen star Helen McCrory’s death on Friday. The actress, known for playing Draco Malfoy’s mother in the Harry Potter films and more recently the character of Polly Gray in British drama series Peaky Blinders, lost her battle with cancer at the age of 52. McCrory’s husband, actor Damien Lewis, shared the news, […]

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“In the Heights,” a movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical, has been tapped to open the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. The festival’s opening night screening will be held on June 9 at the United Palace theater in Washington Heights. For the first time ever, Tribeca’s inaugural film will be screened simultaneously across all five boroughs in […]

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Arclight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres will close down, a victim of a global pandemic that brought moviegoing to a standstill. The news comes as things were beginning to look up for the hard-hit exhibition industry and serves as a reminder of the economic devastation wrought by a public health crisis that upended cultural life. “After shutting our doors […]

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For the third year in a row, it appears, the Oscars will not have a traditional host or hosts. Instead, there will be an “ensemble cast” of presenters, according to the producers of the April 25 ceremony. “In keeping with our awards-show-as-a-movie approach, we’ve assembled a truly stellar cast of stars,” Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh said in […]

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Antoine Fuqua and Will Smith will move production on their big-budget, runaway slave thriller “Emancipation” out of Georgia in protest over the state’s controversial new voting restrictions. The announcement continues the economic fallout from Gov. Brian Kemp and the state legislature’s decision to pass new regulations that critics maintain amount to voter suppression, aimed at reducing the turnout […]

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There’s been no shortage of drama leading up to this evening, with BAFTA president Prince William, who was set to appear on both nights of the awards, dropping out following the death of his grandfather, Prince Philip. Saturday’s broadcast of the craft prizes was also delayed by an hour to accommodate schedule changes from the […]

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After a year of closures, false starts and seemingly endless waiting, Warner Bros./Legendary’s “Godzilla vs. Kong” has given the box office and movie theater owners reason to cheer. Since its release on Wednesday, the MonsterVerse film has earned a five-day opening of $48.5 million, with a $32.2 million estimated Friday-to-Sunday total. While that is less […]

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General Motors, one of the nation’s biggest advertisers, said Thursday it would quadruple the percentage of its advertising dollars that go to Black-owned media outlets between now and 2025. GM’s new effort is a sign of the scrutiny and pressure that corporate giants are facing to spread their corporate spending around a wider array of […]

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Netflix is plunking down an astounding $450 million for the rights to “Knives Out 2” and “Knives Out 3,” the next two follow-ups to the 2019 murder mystery, sources tell Variety. The films will reunite director Rian Johnson and star Daniel Craig, who teamed up so memorably on the first detective story. The first “Knives Out” was produced […]

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Producers of the 93rd annual Academy Awards updated nominees this morning on preparations for the show and the burning question of the moment: Will nominees have to attend in person, or is there another alternative? The answer to that is, for those considerable number of nominees stuck in Europe and other locales around the globe, […]

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Jeremy Strong has found his next role in Jonas Salk, the famed virologist that developed the widely-used polio vaccine. Strong will play the famed researcher in the feature Splendid Solution from Bron Studios and 21 Laps. The project is based on Jeffrey Kluger’s New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, which follows Salk as he begins his […]

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Armie Hammer has been dropped from another film following accusations of sexual assault against him, this time the Mads Mikkelsen thriller “The Billion Dollar Spy,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Hammer joined the film, which will be directed by Amma Asante, back in October, but it has not yet begun production […]

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Larry McMurtry, the Texas-born novelist who authored Lonesome Dove, The Last Picture Show and Terms of Endearment and won an Oscar for co-writing the adapted screenplay for Brokeback Mountain, has died. He was 84. McMurtry died Thursday night of heart failure, his rep Amanda Lundberg told The Hollywood Reporter. He died surrounded by loved ones he lived with, including his longtime writing […]

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Johnny Depp has failed in his attempt to challenge the ruling in the U.K. High Court that he was violent to his former wife Amber Heard. Last year, the actor waged a three-week libel case against the publisher of The Sun newspaper over a 2018 article calling him a “wife beater.” Depp claimed that Heard’s allegations of domestic […]

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Jessica Walter, the sassy actress who excelled at portraying unhinged types, from the obsessed fan of a radio deejay in Clint Eastwood’s Play Misty for Me to nutty matriarchs on Arrested Development and Archer, has died. She was 80. Walter died Wednesday night at home in New York, her daughter, Fox Entertainment executive Brooke Bowman, said. “It is with a […]

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George Segal, the Oscar-nominated actor whose credits range from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Where’s Poppa? to Just Shoot Me! and The Goldbergs, died today in Santa Rosa, CA, of complications from bypass surgery. He was 87. His wife, Sonia Segal confirmed the news. “The family is devastated to announce that this morning George Segal passed away due to complications from bypass […]

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“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” and “Promising Young Woman” took top narrative film honors on Sunday at the 73rd annual Writers Guild of America Awards. Kal Penn hosted the virtual presentation that cemented “Borat” and “Promising Young Woman” as among the frontrunners for Oscar screenplay wins next month. Amazon Studios’ “Borat” prevailed for adapted screenplay for a […]

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Glenn Weiss is returning to direct this year’s Oscars ceremony armed with a unique plan to make the show more closely resemble a movie than TV. “Our plan is that this year’s telecast will look like a movie not a television show, and Glenn has embraced this approach and come up with ideas of his […]

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Oscar show producers Steven Soderbergh, Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins have sent a letter to all nominees that gives a glimpse into exactly what their plans for the scaled-down ceremony at downtown L.A.’s Union Station will look and feel like. It also lays down a couple of rules for those nominees as well. First and foremost, the 93rd annual Academy Awards is definitively not going to be […]

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Andy Garcia is getting ready for a walk down the aisle. Garcia has closed a deal to star in Warner Bros.’s remake of Father of the Bride, which will center on a Cuban-American family. He will also executive produce. Gaz Alazraki, who helmed Club de Cuervos, has been tapped to direct the feature, which is being produce by Dede […]

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In this delayed and elongated awards season, the Oscar nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards are finally here. Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra Jonas announced the full list of nominees in all 23 categories on Monday morning. Eight films this year were nominated for Best Picture, those being “The Father,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” […]

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