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Ashleigh Cummings Joins Warner Bros.’ ‘The Goldfinch’ Adaptation (Exclusive)

Ashleigh Cummings Joins Warner Bros.’ ‘The Goldfinch’ Adaptation (Exclusive)
Newcomer Ashleigh Cummings has landed the role of Pippa in Warner Bros. and Amazon Studios’ adaptation of “The Goldfinch,” sources tell Variety.

Ansel Elgort is set to star as Theo, with “Dunkirk” actor Aneurin Barnard playing Boris, and Willa Fitzgerald portraying Kitsey. “Brooklyn” director John Crowley will helm the pic. Warner Bros. had no comment on the casting.

Based on Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Goldfinch” follows a young man named Theodore Decker who survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum that kills his mother. From there, he tumbles through a series of adventures that find him living in Las Vegas with his deadbeat father and, later on, involved in art forgeries.

In the book, Pippa is Theo’s one true love who was also in the museum the day of the bombing and is traumatized from the event. Due to this shared experience, they have similar outlooks and develop feelings for one another
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BBC Commissions ‘Definitive’ Harvey Weinstein Scandal Documentary

BBC Commissions ‘Definitive’ Harvey Weinstein Scandal Documentary
BBC Two announced Monday that it has commissioned a two-part documentary to tell the “definitive story” of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

With a working title of “Weinstein,” the documentary will chronicle not just Weinstein’s career, but also will look at how since the 1930s the Hollywood system has enabled “the complex mix of money, power, exploitation and abuse” within the studio system. Ursula MacFarlane (“Charlie Hebdo: Three Days that Shook Paris”) will direct the documentary and it will be produced by two-time Oscar-winning producer Simon Chinn’s Lightbox company.

The 90-minute...
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Berlin Film Festival Unveils First Competition Titles

Berlin Film Festival Unveils First Competition Titles
The Berlin Film Festival on Monday unveiled the first competition titles for its latest edition, which takes place in February.

Gus Van Sant's latest film, Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, and Dovlatov from director Alexey German Jr., who a few years ago won the festival's Silver Bear for his Under Electric Clouds, are among the first films selected.
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‘The Greatest Showman’ Live Movie Trailer Electrifies During ‘A Christmas Story Live’

‘The Greatest Showman’ Live Movie Trailer Electrifies During ‘A Christmas Story Live’
In a television first, The Greatest Showman aired a live movie trailer during Fox’s telecast of A Christmas Story Live. The live two and a half minute trailer for Michael Gracey’s movie musical based on the life of P.T. Barnum featured the film’s stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya, and Keala Settle performing the high-energy number “Come Alive” alongside an army of 150 dancers on the stages at the Warner Bros Studios in Burbank. Academy Award-winning songwriters Benj…
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Johnny Depp’s Ex-Lawyers Suing ‘Pirates’ Star Back After He Hit Them For $30M

Johnny Depp’s Ex-Lawyers Suing ‘Pirates’ Star Back After He Hit Them For $30M
Still wrestling in the courts with his former business managers over millions, home foreclosures and claims of excess, Johnny Depp now finds himself at the legal receiving end of one of Hollywood's biggest lawyers in a $30 million sword fight that is sure to take some of the cheer out of his Christmas. Less than two months after the thrashing Pirates of the Caribbean star dragged his old attorney Jacob Bloom and his Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman…
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Wonder How to Tell All 5 of This Year’s ‘Wonder’ Films Apart? (Photos)

Wonder How to Tell All 5 of This Year’s ‘Wonder’ Films Apart? (Photos)
Wonder Woman” RottenTomatoes score: 92 percent Amazon princess Diana (Gal Gadot) leaves her island paradise after a WWII-era American flyboy (Chris Pine) and discovers her true (super)powers while fighting the Nazis. “Wonderstruck” RottenTomatoes score: 71 percent Todd Haynes adapts Brian Selznick’s book about two 12-year-old deaf kids in 1927 and 1977 who each go to New York City searching for a lost adults in their lives — pre-Depression-era Rose’s beloved movie star (Julianne Moore) and ’70s-era Ben’s long-gone father. “Professor Marston & the Wonder Women” RottenTomatoes score: 86 percent The origin story of the superheroine Wonder Woman is decidedly kinky: Harvard psychologist William Marston (Luke Evans) was.
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‘Star Wars,’ ‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Shape of Water’ Advance in Oscars VFX Race

‘Star Wars,’ ‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Shape of Water’ Advance in Oscars VFX Race
The Oscars race for Best Visual Effects has been narrowed from 20 to 10 films, with the remaining contenders including “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “War for the Planet of the Apes,” “Blade Runner 2049,” “Okja” and “The Shape of Water.” Films that made the 20-film shortlist but didn’t make the cut to the final 10 include “Beauty and the Beast,” “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” “Justice League,” “Logan” and “Thor: Ragnarok.” The shortlisted films: “Alien: Covenant” “Blade Runner 2049” “Dunkirk” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” “Kong: Skull Island” “Okja” “The Shape of Water” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
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Eliza Hittman, Penny Lane Snag Rooftop Films Grants (Exclusive)

Eliza Hittman and Penny Lane have been honored with grants from Rooftop Films.

The two filmmakers were honored with the Garbó NYC Feature Film Grants, which comes with a $15,000 cash prize. Hittman will use the money support her new film, “A,” and Lane will use it on her next project, an untitled film about religious activism.

Rooftop Films is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and showcasing the work of New York City filmmakers and musicians. As part of its mission, Rooftop provides grants to filmmakers, rents equipment at low-cost to artists and non-profits, and organizes film screenings. The group has backed some of the leading lights in independent film, among them Benh Zeitlin (“Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Glory at Sea”), David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”), Gillian Robespierre (“Obvious Child”), and Kitty Green (“Casting JonBenet”).

All told, Rooftop gave out 15 prizes or grants. The Rooftop Films Brigade Festival Publicity Grant will be awarded to [link
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Breitbart Writer Warns ‘Feminist Witches’ Are Trying to ‘Hex’ President Trump

Are feminist witches conspiring to destroy President Donald Trump? Breitbart tech reporter Charlie Nash thinks so, and warned readers about the issue in an article published Sunday. “Though a large percentage of ‘feminist witches’ undoubtedly limit themselves to the aesthetic alone, an increase in political mass hexes shows a portion of the movement delves deeper,” Nash wrote. “Following President Trump’s inauguration, witches, covens, and even A-list celebrities started to hex the president with frequent ‘spells.'” Nash went even further to conflate the two groups. “The two scenes have become so intertwined that the term ‘witch’ has even started to become synonymous.
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Live TV Musicals Ranked by Ratings, From ‘Sound of Music’ to ‘A Christmas Story’ (Photos)

Live TV Musicals Ranked by Ratings, From ‘Sound of Music’ to ‘A Christmas Story’ (Photos)
Last night, “A Christmas Story Live” didn’t come close to hitting the numbers of even the lowest-rated live TV musical that came before it. And you thought “Hairspray Live” was a bust? The Christmas classic turned real-time event aired on Fox on Sunday and was definitely no “Sound of Music Live!” or “The Wiz Live.” Heck, TV ratings-wise, it wasn’t even “Peter Pan Live.” Scroll through to see how each live musical on NBC and Fox rank by Nielsen numbers since the genre’s rebirth. Least-viewed is first, most-watched last. Beyond the peacock, Fox also got in on
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How Rian Johnson and His ‘The Last Jedi’ Team Tackled the Massive Undertaking of a New ‘Star Wars’

How Rian Johnson and His ‘The Last Jedi’ Team Tackled the Massive Undertaking of a New ‘Star Wars’
For Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” writer-director Rian Johnson worked with an A-list lineup of behind-the-camera talent. On Dec. 15, the day the film opened to spectacular box office, Johnson spoke with Variety about the contributions of his colleagues: several were veterans of his three previous movies (“Brick,” “The Brothers Bloom” and “Looper”) and several are Oscar winners. Here, he salutes their creative contributions — don’t call them technicians! — and spoke about such advantages as building sets rather than creating locations in a computer.

Cinematographer, Steve Yedlin

I’ve known him since I was a freshman at USC and he was still a senior in high school; we both volunteered to work on a film at USC. He was running the camera department on the set. I was useless. He showed me how to load a film camera and he’s shot every film I’ve done since then.

Shot by shot,
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Oscars: 10 Films Advance in Visual Effects Race

Oscars: 10 Films Advance in Visual Effects Race
The race for the Oscars in visual effects has 10 remaining films, including Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Dunkirk, Blade Runner 2049, and War for the Planet of the Apes.

These films will participate in a "bake off" in early January, during which the VFX branch will vote on the nominations.

The final 10 films are:

Alien: Covenant

Blade Runner 2049

“Dunkirk”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Kong: Skull Island

“Okja”

The Shape of Water

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

“War for the...
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Go90 Premieres Kobe Bryant's Oscar Animated Short Contender 'Dear Basketball'

Go90 Premieres Kobe Bryant's Oscar Animated Short Contender 'Dear Basketball'
Verizon-owned video app go90 has nabbed the premiere for Oscar contender Dear Basketball from Kobe Bryant

The five-minute film, which hails from animator and director Glen Keane, features the former Los Angeles Laker reading his poem of the same name. Composer John Williams provides the score. 

Dear Basketball is available to view on the free go90 app, as well as across Verizon properties including Yahoo Sports, AOL and Complex. "Verizon's go90 welcomes an array of creators, from icons to up-and-comers, providing them with a flexible canvas on which to share their stories," said go90 chief content officer Ivana Kirkbride. "On...
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‘A Wrinkle in Time': Reese Witherspoon Says Ava DuVernay Would ‘Demand Inclusiveness’

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‘A Wrinkle in Time': Reese Witherspoon Says Ava DuVernay Would ‘Demand Inclusiveness’
When creating the vast worlds in the book-to-film adaptation “A Wrinkle in Time,” director Ava DuVernay didn’t put her focus only on the places that would bring the magical novel to life, but also on the faces of the characters readers have grown to know and love. In a feature in Time, Reese Witherspoon said that during her 25-year career in Hollywood, she’s “never seen somebody demand inclusiveness like .” “It’s just a different perspective, and you don’t get that unless we start to have powerful filmmakers of different colors, different genders,” she said. “You’re just
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NBC Will Start Mobile-Streaming ‘Sunday Night Football’ in 2018

At long last, you’ll finally be able to stream “Sunday Night Football” while making a second-quarter beer run. NBCUniversal announced on Monday the network has acquired the rights to start streaming the biggest sports show on television each week with its “TV Everywhere” app, beginning in 2018. Fans have been able to stream it on their computers or tablets, but watching from their phones had been missing from the equation. The announcement follows Verizon’s five-year, $1.5 billion deal inked with the NFL last week to bring mobile streaming to the forefront. Also Read: Sean Combs Wants to Buy Carolina Panthers,
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Alamo Drafthouse Launching Video Rental Store in 2018 (Exclusive)

Alamo Drafthouse Launching Video Rental Store in 2018 (Exclusive)
The Alamo Drafthouse chain is taking a step into the past by launching Video Vortex, a reimagining of classic video rental stores, at its upcoming 11-screen location in Raleigh, N.C.

The company, now in its 20th year with 29 locations in operation, is touting Video Vortex as one of the largest video archives on the planet. The North Carolina location will open in the first quarter of next year. Visitors can return rentals on their next trip to the location or mail DVDs and Blu-rays back to the shop with a return envelope.

Along with Blu-ray and DVD titles, Video Vortex will contain a “massive” rental selection of rare VHS tapes, including titles never released on digital formats. The store will also rent VCRs as well as provide renters with the equipment for RCA adapters free of charge. The space will also feature a selection of curated Blu-rays for sale, film-related merchandise,
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Ranking This Christmas’ Oscar Movies, From ‘The Post’ to Hugh Jackman’s Vanity Musical

Ranking This Christmas’ Oscar Movies, From ‘The Post’ to Hugh Jackman’s Vanity Musical
Christmas movies suggest family-friendly, heartwarming tales, designed for peak holiday family moviegoing. And then there’s the other kind — the late-breaking, high-profile, A-list titles designed to hit the box office and Oscar voters’ consciousness. Some of these launched at prestige fall film festivals (“Downsizing,” “Molly’s Game,” “Hostiles,” “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”); others are bonafide awards contenders (Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread”); and some, like Hugh Jackman vanity musical “The Greatest Showman,” will soon skid into either bad reviews or audience reaction, or both.

Herewith, a ranking of the Christmas movies in order of their likely Oscar prospects.

The Post” (Fox, December 22)

Metascore: 82.

Strengths: Steven Spielberg’s riveting paean to newspaper journalism and freedom of the press couldn’t be more timely. Early reviews are strong for this true story about The Washington Post’s publication of the Pentagon Papers,
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Barstool Sports Boss Pops Champagne – Literally – Over Espn President’s Resignation (Video)

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Barstool Sports boss Dave Portnoy is popping champagne — literally — over John Skipper’s resignation from Espn. And yes, he knows about the outgoing Espn president’s “substance addiction” explanation. It doesn’t appear that he’s buying it. “It is a huge victory for us, I love watching my enemies go down,” said a giddy Portnoy. “They say it’s substance abuse, that stinks for him, but it’s probably a cop-out.” Also Read: John Skipper Resigns as Espn President, Cites 'Substance Addiction' Problem Portnoy goes on to call Skipper “That ‘Roger Rabbit’ bad-guy looking motherf—er,” in the below “Emergency Press Conference.
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Jack Black, Nick Jonas Debut Absurd ‘Jumanji’ Music Video

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Jack Black, Nick Jonas Debut Absurd ‘Jumanji’ Music Video
Jack Black and Nick Jonas debuted their trippy, yet hilarious, music video for their new “Jumanji” theme song — and now you won’t be able to get the tune out of your head for the rest of the day. Black and Jonas showed their fellow cast mates, including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Karen Gillan and Kevin Hart, the new video, which Johnson hoped would be some “Grammy-level s—.” In it, Black and Jonas make fun of their characters in the upcoming film, due out in theaters this Wednesday. The clip, titled, “Jumanji Jumanji,” includes wind machines and hilarious special effects.
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'Star Wars' Is Like An Etch A Sketch Now

[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi]

What's going on with The Last Jedi? Since last Thursday, the audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, where the Lucasfilm title boasts a 93 percent critical fresh rating — in addition to a CinemaScore "A" grade — has been declining noticeably and now sits at 56 percent. That's in line with scores for the prequels, which didn't have the same critical accolades.

Why? My colleague Ryan Parker guesses that the disappointment lies mainly with "expectations borne out of wild theories stoked by fan sites and YouTube channels." It's not a bad...
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