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Rebel Wilson Says There’s 'Definitely' Hope for More Pitch Perfect Movies

Rebel Wilson Says There’s 'Definitely' Hope for More Pitch Perfect Movies
If it’s up to Rebel Wilson, the Barden Bellas won’t be turning off their microphones anytime soon.

At the Pitch Perfect 3 premiere in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Wilson told People she sees more acapella-centric movies in the future — despite the upcoming film being dubbed the “Farewell Tour.”

“Oh definitely,” she responded when asked if she would make another film.

In fact, the actress said her love for her costars runs so deep, they would be willing to go rogue in order to make more Pitch Perfect films.

“I love working with these girls,” she said. “Even if
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‘Titanic,’ ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Superman’ Added to National Film Registry

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‘Titanic,’ ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Superman’ Added to National Film Registry
Titanic,” “Superman” and “The Goonies” are among 25 titles selected into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, it was announced Wednesday. These films were selected for their cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance and range from “La Bamba” to “Die Hard,” spanning the period 1905 to 2000. The 2017 selections bring the number of films in the registry to 725. Other selections this year include Stanley Kramer’s 1967 “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” Yvonne Rainer’s 1972 film “Lives of Performers,” Christopher Nolan’s “Memento,” “Spartacus” and “Ace in the Hole.”
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SAG Award Nominations Scorecard: Fox Searchlight, Netflix Top List

SAG Award Nominations Scorecard: Fox Searchlight, Netflix Top List
The 2018 SAG Awards nominees were announced Wednesday, and Fox Searchlight and Netflix led the scoreboard for film and television distributors.

Fox Searchlight landed 7 film nominations, while Netflix scored 19 for television and two for film. Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” carried film with four and three nods, respectively. In television, “Big Little Lies,” “Stranger Things,” and “Glow” each picked up four mentions.

Here’s the full list of SAG Award nominations. Kristen Bell will host the 24th annual awards ceremony on Jan. 21. The ceremony, recognizing top performances in television and film, will air live on both TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET.

Below is a quantified breakdown of which films, series, studios, and networks collected the most accolades Wednesday morning:
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Joe Johnston to Direct Disney's 'Nutcracker and the Four Realms' Reshoots (Exclusive)

Joe Johnston to Direct Disney's 'Nutcracker and the Four Realms' Reshoots (Exclusive)
The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is going to need a little more sprinkling of sugar.

Disney is gearing up for a significant shoot of additional photography for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, the studio’s big-budget fantasy that adapts the classic ballet by Peter Tchaikovsky and the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann.

Joe Johnston, the helmer of Captain America: The First Avenger, The Rocketeer and Jurassic Park III, is being brought in to direct the shoot, not the movie’s original helmer Lasse Hallstrom.

Insiders say that Hallstrom, known for dramas such as What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Cider House Rules...
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Jennifer Lawrence to Star in Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Burial Rites’ (Exclusive)

Jennifer Lawrence to Star in Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Burial Rites’ (Exclusive)
Luca Guadagnino, currently drumming up Oscar buzz for the ravishing “Call Me by Your Name,” will direct Jennifer Lawrence in “Burial Rites,” Variety has learned. Lawrence will produce, as well as star in the true-crime drama. TriStar Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures, has worldwide rights to the picture.

The film draws on Hannah Kent’s 2013 novel of the same name, and centers on Agnes Magnusdottir (Lawrence), the last woman to be publicly executed in Iceland in 1830. Agnes was sentenced to death for killing two men and setting fire to their home. The story takes place as Agnes awaits confirmation of her death sentence by the high court, a period of time that finds her reluctantly forging emotional and romantic bonds, while reflecting on her supposed crimes.

In addition to “Call Me by Your Name,” a romantic drama that’s received critical raves and just picked up three Golden Globe nominations, Guadagnino directed
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Woody Harrelson in Talks to Join Tom Hardy in 'Venom'

Woody Harrelson in Talks to Join Tom Hardy in 'Venom'
Woody Harrelson may become entangled in Venom's web.

The actor is in talks for an undisclosed role in Venom, the Tom Hardy-led Spider-Man off-shoot from Sony. 

Hardy is starring as the popular Marvel Comics antihero with Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams and Jenny Slate also on the roll call.

If a deal makes, it would mark a reunion for Harrelson with director Ruben Fleischer, who directed the actor in the hit 2009 zombie comedy Zombieland. Venom is already deep into production - filming began in October - and rumors of Harrelson's involvement and swirled on-and-off.

Sony, who had no comment., will release Venom on...
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Jim Broadbent Joins Robert Downey Jr. in Universal’s ‘Voyage of Doctor Dolittle’ (Exclusive)

Jim Broadbent Joins Robert Downey Jr. in Universal’s ‘Voyage of Doctor Dolittle’ (Exclusive)
Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent has been cast in Universal Pictures’ “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle” starring Robert Downey Jr. in the title role.

Dunkirk” actor Harry Collett is also on board to co-star in the pic.

Stephen Gaghan, who most recently directed Matthew McConaughey’s “Gold,” will helm the film from his own screenplay. Tom Shepherd wrote an earlier draft.

The studio acquired the project following a heated bidding war with producers Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum through their Roth Kirschenbaum Films, alongside Susan Downey for Team Downey.
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Universal Crosses $5 Billion Mark at 2017 Worldwide Box Office

Universal Crosses $5 Billion Mark at 2017 Worldwide Box Office
Universal Pictures has topped $5 billion at the global box office for the second time in the studio’s 105-year history, led by “The Fate of the Furious” and “Despicable Me 3.”

The global total for the studio passed the milestone on Dec. 11 to reach $5.003 billion, including $1.605 billion domestically and $3.398 billion internationally. Universal joined Disney and Warner Bros. in reaching the mark this year, with Disney hitting the milestone on Nov. 30 and Warner doing so five days later.

The Fate of the Furious” had the biggest global opening weekend of all time at $542 million — breaking the record set by 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” It was also the top international opening ever at $443.2 million.

The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth film in the franchise, earned $1.23 billion worldwide in what’s the 11th-largest total of all time. It is only the sixth film in history to cross $1 billion at the international box office and is also the
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‘Big Sick’s Michael Showalter & ‘Godless’ Scott Frank Among Advisors For Sundance Screenwriters Lab

‘Big Sick’s Michael Showalter & ‘Godless’ Scott Frank Among Advisors For Sundance Screenwriters Lab
Exclusive: The 2018 Sundance Film Festival is just over a month away, but some of the other work of the Robert Redford founded organization is a little closer and today the advisors, projects and fellows for the Screenwriters Lab were unveiled. At Sff 2017, The Big Sick director Michael Showalter was one of the toasts of Park City with the now SAG Award nominated film, now he is on board as advisor to the 16 budding screenwriters that will be immersed in the Sundance Insti…
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SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris: ‘People Are Feeling Empowered’

SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris: ‘People Are Feeling Empowered’
SAG-aftra’s leaders believe the entertainment industry’s sexual harassment scandal is having a profound impact on the union’s 160,000 members.

“People are feeling empowered to speak out and there has been a significant increase in the number of people doing so,” said Gabrielle Carteris in an interview with Variety on the eve of Wednesday’s SAG Awards nominations announcement. The number of reports of sexual harassment that come into SAG-aftra now average at least five a day — far above the level prior to the Oct. 5 bombshell revelations about disgraced executive Harvey Weinstein. Carteris and National Executive Director David White asserted that the surge in reporting reflects a cultural sea change on the entire issue.

“The calls that we are getting are coming in from across the entire spectrum,” White said. “We are aware that the simple act of naming the problem, along with having new tools to protect oneself, definitely helps to empower our members.
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Wes Anderson, Whit Stillman, and More: Inspirations for Michelle Morgan’s Love Letter to Los Angeles, ‘It Happened in La’

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Wes Anderson, Whit Stillman, and More: Inspirations for Michelle Morgan’s Love Letter to Los Angeles, ‘It Happened in La’
Growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles provided fertile inspiration for Michelle Morgan, director of the recent iTunes New Filmmaker Spotlight “It Happened in L.A.” (Click here to watch the film)

“I’m born and raised in La, so it’s a world that I know pretty well,” she said. “I lived in the city when I was a child and then I spent most of my young-adult years in the suburbs, so the city was always this mythical thing to us in the suburbs.”

It Happened in L.A.” follows thirtysomething Annette (Morgan), her boyfriend, Elliot (Jorma Taccone), and her Bff, Baker (Dree Hemingway), as they navigate the perils of the bleak dating scene in Los Angeles. Is there such a thing as a perfect couple, or is that an urban myth?

It Happened in L.A.,” which was Morgan’s feature directorial debut, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival
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Christopher Meloni and Patton Oswalt on the Insane Syfy Series ‘Happy!’

Based on the graphic novel from Grant Morrison, the Syfy series Happy! follows Nick Sax (played with pitch-perfect mad genius style by Christopher Meloni), an alcoholic, corrupt ex-cop turned hitman who happens upon a tiny and relentlessly optimistic imaginary blue winged horse named Happy (voiced with undying positivity by Patton Oswalt). They are an unlikely pair forced to team up to solve a mystery, but having to work together might not change either of them for the better. During this interview with Collider, actors Christopher Meloni and Patton Oswalt talked about what attracted them to this wild and …
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Patrick Stewart on ‘Star Trek’: The ‘Highlight That Had the Biggest Impact on My Life’

Patrick Stewart on ‘Star Trek’: The ‘Highlight That Had the Biggest Impact on My Life’
Sir Patrick Stewart was in the United Arab Emirates this week to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dubai Film Festival. Variety Studio caught up with the legendary star of stage and screen to discuss that lifetime of achievements, and its unconventional highlights.

“There have been so many highlights, many of which would not be seen as the outside world as highlights. But, they were for me,” Stewart started.

According to him, the first such highlight-in-disguise came in the form of a six-pounds-fifty a week salary for filling the role of stage-manager/actor in a preparatory theater. He said: “That was a highlight because it moved me from a trained actor who doesn’t have a job, to a professional actor being paid.”

He then recalled another: “Finally being accepted into the Royal Shakespeare company. The only ambition I had ever really had was to work with that organization.”

Similarly meaningful
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The Strange Case of ‘Lady Bird’ and Rotten Tomatoes (Or: Why We Should All Just Calm Down)

The Strange Case of ‘Lady Bird’ and Rotten Tomatoes (Or: Why We Should All Just Calm Down)
(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: why we should all step back and take a deep breath before we continue talking about the Lady Bird Rotten Tomatoes score.) Welcome to another day of Rotten Tomatoes scandal! The recent dethroning of Greta Gerwig‘s Lady Bird from […]

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Wme Bolsters Comedy Touring, Nabs Seven APAers After Mike Berkowitz Jump

In a move that follows last week’s hiring of top Apa comedy touring agent Mike Berkowitz as partner, Wme has brought in five more agents from Apa and two support staffers. Apa agents Marcus Levy, Amy Lynch and Andrew Russell have joined the agency's comedy touring team. Also coming are agents Danielle Esparza and Tommy Pucciani and Apa's marketing director Jillian Doyle and financial director Cara Nordberg. They will complement Berkowitz, who is overseeing the Wme comedy…
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Oscars: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Takes Aim Below the Line

Oscars: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Takes Aim Below the Line
In some sense, it seems silly to continue weighing the awards prospects for Lucasfilm’s ongoing “Star Wars” franchise each year. With “The Force Awakens,” “Rogue One,” and now “The Last Jedi,” it’s become clear, both in how these extravaganzas are realized on the screen and how Disney chooses to position them at year’s end, that trophies aren’t part of the equation. Revenue and firmly rooted brand appeal drive the machine, and even when a filmmaker like Rian Johnson steps in with the first truly fresh writer-director vision of the series since George Lucas breathed life into it 40 years ago, there just seems to be a ceiling on how galvanizing the material can truly be outside the established fandom.

That’s not to say what Johnson has created is otherwise disposable. Quite the opposite. Albeit overstuffed and built on a script that spins its wheels a bit while trying to reconcile everything being thrown
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Women In Hollywood: Dee Rees Stripped Mary J. Blige Emotionally Bare For ‘Mudbound’

Women In Hollywood: Dee Rees Stripped Mary J. Blige Emotionally Bare For ‘Mudbound’
Mary J. Blige spends much of Dee Rees' southern tragedy Mudbound holding her tongue. As Florence Jackson, the matriarch of a sharecropper family continually bossed around by the white folks who own their land, she's swollen with words she's not allowed to say, starting with "No" to the McAllan jerk who's always interrupting her dinners to demand that she, or her husband, or her children, obey his commands. "She's an observer," says Rees. "She sees everything, but she'll…
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Star Wars director: 'hell yes' to a woman or person of colour directing franchise

A brand new Star Wars trilogy is in the works, but directors for two of the films are yet to be announced

The director of the latest Star Wars film has said it is “about time” a woman or person of colour was brought in to direct a film in the franchise.

Rian Johnson, who has made his Star Wars directing debut with The Last Jedi, which opens in UK cinemas on Thursday, is the third white man to direct a film from the popular sci-fi series. Other directors of the franchise have been creator George Lucas and Jj Abrams, who directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015.

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Bold Films Lays Off About 50% Of Its Staff

Independent production and finance company Bold Films, who is known for taking chances on new filmmakers and pumping out some high-quality films, laid off about half of their staff on Friday which included senior VP production and development executive Lisa Zambri who is pregnant. Another who has left is creative executive Kate Ritter who has already found other work in Telluride. Dominic Buchanan, VP production and development, left the company a couple of weeks ago…
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Snubs And Surprises Of The 2018 SAG Awards Nominees

The actor’s have had their say in the year-end awards game and as always they both enlighten and muddle the Oscar race. The SAG Awards are certainly an important indicator for how the Academy’s acting branch might vote (as well as The Television Academy’s when it comes to Emmy), but some years more than others. It will be weeks and months until we see where this year’s crop of nominees land.

2018 SAG Awards nominees [Complete List]

For all the shock over Meryl Streep’s snub (more on that later) there were many nominations that simply were not a surprise.

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