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'Creed 2' Casts Boxer Florian Munteanu as Ivan Drago's Son

'Creed 2' Casts Boxer Florian Munteanu as Ivan Drago's Son
Creed has found his opponent.

German-Romanian boxer Florian Munteanu will square off against Michael B. Jordan in Creed 2, MGM and Warner Bros.’ sequel to the 2015 hit that updated Rocky for a new generation, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Steven Caple will direct the movie, which is set to begin shooting in March in Philadelphia.

Creed starred Sylvester Stallone as boxer Rocky Balboa, who mentors Adonis Johnson (Jordan), the son of his rival, Apollo Creed.

The new pic also features a blast-from-the-past update: Munteanu will play the son of Ivan Drago, the ruthless Soviet boxer from Rocky IV, which...
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NAACP Image Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List

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NAACP Image Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List
The 49th NAACP Image Awards ceremony is underway, hosted by “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Nine awards will be handed out during the Monday broadcast, including Entertainer of the Year, with nominees Issa Rae, Chance the Rapper, Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, Ava DuVernay and Chadwick Boseman.

47 other Image Awards were handed out Sunday night during a non-televised gala dinner, including Outstanding New Artist for singer SZA, and writing and directing wins for “Get Out” director Jordan Peele. Idris Elba, Bruno Mars, Tiffany Haddish, and Kendrick Lamar among the night’s other big winners. For the complete list of winners from Sunday...
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Timothée Chalamet Donates Salary from Woody Allen Film to Time's Up Fund

Timothée Chalamet Donates Salary from Woody Allen Film to Time's Up Fund
Timothée Chalamet announced on Instagram Monday night that he will be donating his salary from his work on the upcoming Woody Allen film A Rainy Day in New York to three charities: Time's Up, the LGBT Center in New York and RAINN, an anti-sexual violence organization.

"I have been asked in a few recent interviews about my decision to work on a film with Woody Allen last summer ... What I can say is this: I don't want to profit from my work on the film, and to that end, I am going to donate my entire salary," Chalamet said in his...
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Daniel Day-Lewis’ ‘Phantom Thread’ Scores at MLK Weekend Box Office

Daniel Day-Lewis’ ‘Phantom Thread’ Scores at MLK Weekend Box Office
Daniel Day-Lewis’ fashion drama “Phantom Thread” has performed impressively in its expansion with $1.4 million at 62 locations during the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

Phantom Thread” posted an impressive $22,984 per-screen average — by far the highest average on the domestic chart as Focus Features expanded the run from six screens. Focus plans to screen the film in more than 500 locations next weekend.

Phantom Thread,” which opened Christmas Day, has now grossed a total of $2.5 million. The awards contender is expected to be Day-Lewis’ final film. The movie — set in 1950s post-war London — follows Day-Lewis’ character, a renowned dressmaker at the center of British fashion. His life is disrupted by a strong-willed woman, played by Vicky Krieps, who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover.

“Phantom Thread” earned director Paul Thomas Anderson the National Board of Review’s best screenplay award and Day-Lewis a Golden Globe nomination. It received four BAFTA nominations,
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‘Heathers’ Series Creator Promises ‘Major’ Changes to Cult Classic, Teases Shannen Doherty Cameo

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‘Heathers’ Series Creator Promises ‘Major’ Changes to Cult Classic, Teases Shannen Doherty Cameo
Paramount Network’s “Heathers” is technically an adaptation of the 1988 cult comedy starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, but series creator Jason Micallef said the show will still find ways to put a new spin on the story. “It’s 2018, it’s not 1988,” Micallef told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour on Monday. “No one’s going to want to watch a girl for 10 episodes follow a guy around, murder people and then whine about it.” So Micallef said he created some “very, very major character changes” for the lead character Veronica Sawyer, played by Ryder in the original movie...
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Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries Dead at 46

Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries Dead at 46
Dolores O’Riordan, the Irish musician who fronted ’90s superstars The Cranberries, has reportedly died at the age of 46.

“The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session. No further details are available at this time,” O’Riordan’s publicist said in a statement to the BBC. “Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

O’Riordan is survived by her three children, 20-year-old son Taylor, 16-year-old daughter Molly and 12-year-old daughter Dakota.

“The best time in my life was the years
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Exclusive: Doug Liman Says ‘Edge of Tomorrow 2’ Could Be His Next Film

Exclusive: Doug Liman Says ‘Edge of Tomorrow 2’ Could Be His Next Film
Hope remains for Edge of Tomorrow 2 to become an actual movie that happens, rather than a long-hoped-for sequel that never materializes. Director Doug Liman’s 2014 sci-fi actioner didn’t explode at the box office, but it earned high critical praise and grew its legion of fans once it hit home video, offering up a smart and refreshingly unique blockbuster that stood in direct contrast to the plainness of other big-budget fare. Liman, stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, and writer Christopher McQuarrie all expressed interest and desire to make a sequel, and while it’…
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Quentin Tarantino Wants Al Pacino For Manson Movie

Quentin Tarantino Wants Al Pacino For Manson Movie
In the rush to report the news that Leonardo DiCaprio was reteaming with Quentin Tarantino for the director’s next film, trade sites were furiously updating their stories after the fact. So, another intriguing nugget about the brewing project got overlooked as it was added later on.

According to Variety, Tarantino is eyeballing Al Pacino for a possible role in his Manson era movie. The story will be set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, and center on a male TV actor who’s had one hit series and is looking for a way to get into the film business.

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Idris Elba, Jordan Peele, Kendrick Lamar Win NAACP Image Awards

Idris Elba, Jordan Peele, Kendrick Lamar Win NAACP Image Awards
Idris Elba, Bruno Mars, Tiffany Haddish, Jordan Peele and Kendrick Lamar were among the big winners at the gala dinner announcing the non-televised categories at the 49th NAACP Image Awards, which took place on Sunday night at the Pasadena Conference Center. The dinner included the presentation of 47 Image Award categories, with an additional nine categories plus Entertainer of the Year due to be announced during a live telecast on TV One on Monday, Jan. 15. Elba won two awards, one for his role in the Showtime miniseries “Guerrilla” and one for the film “Thor: Ragnarok.” Peele won for writing and...
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Arnold Schwarzenegger "Shocked and Saddened" by Eliza Dushku's 'True Lies' Assault Claims

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger said he is "shocked and saddened" to learn of Eliza Dushku's alleged sexual assault during the filming of True Lies.

The action star, who toplined James Cameron's 1994 action thriller, tweeted on Monday evening that had he known about the incident at the time "you bet your ass all of us would have done something." Schwarzenegger also tweeted his support to and expressed his pride in Dushku, who played his daughter in the film, for coming forward.

Tom, you bet your ass all of us would have done something. I’m shocked and...
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Timothee Chalamet Donates Salary From Woody Allen Film to Charity

Timothee Chalamet Donates Salary From Woody Allen Film to Charity
Actor Timothée Chalamet said he will donate his full salary from Woody Allen's upcoming film, A Rainy Day in New York, to Time's Up, the Lgbt Center in New York and the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. "I want to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve," Chalamet wrote on Instagram.

Chalamet's decision to donate his salary comes after his co-star, Rebecca Hall, also announced that she would
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Keira Knightley on ‘Colette,’ Pushing for Social Change, and if She’ll Ever Direct

Keira Knightley on ‘Colette,’ Pushing for Social Change, and if She’ll Ever Direct
Keira Knightley speaks her mind.

While most movie stars frequently offer up anodyne responses to reporters’ inquiries and deploy an army of publicists and image makers to ensure they never say anything remotely controversial, Knightley refuses to dodge tough questions. She’s ostensibly talking to Variety about “Colette,” a historical drama centering on the legendary French novelist that will premiere Jan. 20 at the Sundance Film Festival, but Knightley is more comfortable holding forth on the topical subjects of feminism, sexism and the lack of opportunities for female directors than she is talking about her creative process.

That’s what makes the 32-year-old actress a natural fit for the title role in the indie production. The mononymous Colette, perhaps best known for her novella “Gigi,” was a barrier breaker. A woman who had romances with women and men, and who rose to the top of belle époque society by writing stories, such as “Chéri
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Canadian Screen Awards: Netflix's 'Anne With an E' Leads Nominations

Netflix's Anne With an E, the adaptation of Anne of Green Gables, grabbed a field-leading 13 nominations for the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards on Tuesday.

And Sadaf Forughi's Ava, a coming-of-age drama set in Iran and Kathleen Hepburn's Never Steady, Never Still, which stars Happy Valley star Shirley Henderson, lead all-comers in the film field, with eight nominations each. The contenders for Canada's national media awards were unveiled at a press conference in Toronto.

Anne With an E, which is produced out of Canada and airs on the CBC here, will compete for best TV drama against Lifetime's Mary Kills...
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Nat Geo TV Goes Shopping for Movies, Docu Series at Natpe

National Geographic Channels is heading to Natpe with a shopping list.

The cable group is sending a small team to Miami this week for the Jan. 16-18 National Association of Television Program Executives conference in a search for movies and docu-series content. The goal is to find films based on true stories and documentary-style content that are tonally similar to Nat Geo’s original programming efforts.

“We’re really looking to acquisitions to help us amplify our bigger budget marquee originals strategy,” said Christian Drobnyk, exec VP of program strategy and acquisitions for Nat Geo Channels.

Drobnyk pointed as an example to the marathon of war-themed movies that Nat Geo ran in early November around the launch of its original limited series “The Long Road Home,” about the ripple effects of an attack in Iraq on a small Army unit. Promoting “Long Road Home” in airings of movies that included “The Hurt Locker,” “Lone Survivor,” and “Zero Dark Thirty
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MoviePass Hires Marketing Chief as It Looks to Expand (Exclusive)

MoviePass has tapped Natasha Mulla as the company’s first chief marketing officer. She is being tasked with helping the subscription service expand its footprint at a time of rapid growth for the company. MoviePass’s membership rolls swelled after it cut its prices over the summer from nearly $50 to $9.95 per month. The service allows customers to see a movie-a-day in theaters.

It’s a risky business model, because tickets in major markets such as New York City or Los Angeles routinely top $10. MoviePass pays theaters full price for the tickets its users purchase, so it is hoping that Mulla will be able to build up its customer base in cities such as Nashville and Dallas, where tickets are cheaper.

“It’s been fairly easy to get people to subscribe in high-cost markets,” MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe told Variety. “By hiring Natasha, we’re hopefully going to be finding those people who are in other parts of the
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‘Morning Joe’ Hits Senators for ‘Shithole’ Defense: ‘They Lied to Cover the President’s Racist Remarks’ (Video)

‘Morning Joe’ Hits Senators for ‘Shithole’ Defense: ‘They Lied to Cover the President’s Racist Remarks’ (Video)
Joe Scarborough came out swinging on Tuesday, blasting Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) for defending Trump’s remarks about “shithole countries.” Scarborough accused the senators of lying about what they heard the president say, who, Scarborough added, was a bigot. “Tom Cotton heard the vulgarity. David Perdue heard the vulgarity. They lied on Sunday morning. The lied to the American people. They lied to their constituents in Georgia and Arkansas. They lied to cover the president’s racist remarks,” Scarboroughsaid. Also Read: Joe Scarborough: 'Why Doesn't Oprah Run for Senate?' “They were lying to their constituents, they were lying to the American...
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Turner’s Marcelo Tamburri, Invercine & Wood’s Matías Cardone on Producing Upscale Drama in Latin America

Top Chilean film-tv production house Invercine & Wood, which brought a fresh air of social neo-realism to the 2016 MipDrama Screenings with “Ramona,” has linked with Turner Latin America to produce one of the most anticipated series currently coming out of Chile.

To be presented to buyers by Turner at Natpe, “Mary & Mike” marks one of the first premium scripted dramas to come out of Chile. Owned by Tla, free-to-air TV network Chilevisión has boarded as the series’ Chilean broadcaster.

Guided in part by Andrés Wood, the director of notable feature films such as “Machuca” and the 2012 Sundance World Cinema Jury Prize winner “Violeta Went to Heaven,” “Mary & Mike” also represents part of Turner Latin America’s drive into original series as it plans to increase the number of drama it co-produces in Latin America from four in 2018 to eight in 2019.

Directed by Julio Jorquera (“Ramona”), “Mary & Mike” also represents the new face of Latin American fiction.

It looks set
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BritBox Scoops Up All 20 Seasons of ‘Midsomer Murders’

BritBox Scoops Up All 20 Seasons of ‘Midsomer Murders’
BritBox has snapped up the entire catalog of British detective drama “Midsomer Murders.” The deal gives the best-of-British streaming service all 20 seasons of the show, which is one of the biggest U.K. drama exports globally.

The long-running detective series follows Detective Chief Inspector John Barnaby as he investigates a series of crimes in the outwardly sleepy and genteel English village of Midsomer.

ITV and the BBC run BritBox, which is billed as offering the best in British programming. It acquired “Midsomer” from U.K.-based distributor All3Media as part of a wider deal encompassing 300 hours of programming.

Other titles include Peter Moffat drama series “The Village,” comedy series “Bucket,” and paranormal scripted show “Marley’s Ghosts.” The deal also includes TV movies “Emerald Falls” and “The Day We Sang.”

“We’re very pleased to announce this significant new deal with BritBox, which will see a wide range of premium, prime-time content
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The Raine Group Backs Ben Silverman and Howard Owens’ Propagate Content

The Raine Group has bought into Propagate Content, the production and distribution firm run by Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens. The technology-, media- and telecoms-focused bank has taken an unspecified “significant” stake in the business, and becomes a major Propagate backer alongside A+E Networks.

Propagate said it would use the investment to launch new ventures and make targeted acquisitions.

Former Nat Geo chief Owens founded Propagate and was subsequently joined by former Reveille colleague Silverman at the L.A.-based business. It makes shows including Apple’s first original, “Planet of the Apps,” and has a straight-to-series order for “Blood & Treasure” at CBS.

It also makes podcast-to-tv project “Lore” and has licensed several other podcasts. It now plans to create a podcast network and a branded content studio.

“Over the past few years we have seen massive shifts in the media industry that have changed the way production companies have traditionally done business,” Silverman and Owens
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Natpe: HBO Latin America Launches Direct Distribution Operation for International Markets

Seeking a bigger distribution punch for its high-end lineup, HBO Latin America has launched its own direct international sales and distribution operation, HBO Latin America Licensing, which will present at Natpe its lineup, including some of the most praised and prized high-end TV series from Latin America.

Featuring Intl. Emmy Award winner “Sr. Avila,” “The Bronze Garden,” HBO Latin America’s biggest 2017 ratings hit, and classic “Profugos,” showrun by Pablo Larraín (“Neruda,” “Jackie”), the HBO Miami-based unit is headed by Xavier Aristimuño, HBO Latin America vice-president, licensing. He reports to Francisco Smith, HBO Latin America president of distribution and media development.

The launch of a new sales division handling 100% of HBO Latin America series comes as the company has sought to leverage the reach of its standalone services around the world for a more simultaneous roll-out of its top-shows. “The Bronze Garden” bowed June 25 on Latin America HBO and HBO Go, on [link=co
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