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The Timing for 'Geostorm' Couldn't Be Worse

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When is the right time to see a film about a series of natural disasters destroying the planet? There may never be a “right time” for audiences to want to see Geostorm, the new film directed by Independence Day producer Dean Devlin, starring Gerard Butler, Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris, and Andy Garcia. However, it is hard to imagine that this specific time—merely weeks after the devastating one-two-three punch of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and just a few days after the wildfires that ravaged Northern California—is anywhere near the right time. (The $120 million film is expected to make just »


- Josh Spiegel

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'Aida's Secrets': Film Review

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Viewers will likely feel the urge to contact a genealogist after seeing Alon and Shaul Schwarz's fascinating and moving documentary about amazing revelations concerning their own family. Aida's Secrets unravels its complex scenario in compelling, page-turner mystery fashion, proving yet again that truth can be much stranger than fiction.

The story begins with the filmmakers' uncle, 67-year-old Izak, discovering that he has a long-lost brother. Izak was born in the displaced persons camp at Bergen-Belsen shortly after the end of World War II and was sent by his mother Aida to live with a foster family in Israel when he »


- Frank Scheck

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'Same Kind of Different as Me': Film Review

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In 2014, Paramount Pictures announced a film adaptation of the bestselling non-fiction book Same Kind of Different as Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together. It told the real-life story of Ron Hall and Denver Moore, respectively a wealthy white Southern art dealer and a Louisiana-born African-American homeless man who became friends after meeting in a shelter at which Ron was volunteering with his wife Deborah. The film was supposed to be released in early 2016, then was pushed to early 2017 until Paramount dropped it and the Christian company Pure »


- Keith Uhlich

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Film Commissioners Name Rajiv Dalai President

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The Association of Film Commissioners International has named Rajiv Dalai to the newly-created position of president and Jess Conoplia to Evp/COO, also a newly created position. Conoplia will report to Dalai, with both based in Los Angeles as Afci centralizes its operations.

The appointments are part of an organization-wide restructuring that will concentrate on economic growth and working more closely with policy makers and content creators.

The announcement was made at the start of Afci’s 41st annual Cineposium, which brings together 100 film commissioners from around the world. The event runs from today through Sunday in Los Angeles.

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- Gregg Kilday

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Actress Sean Young Claims Harvey Weinstein Exposed Himself to Her

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Sean Young, perhaps best known for her role as Rachael in 1982's Blade Runner, has brought allegations of sexual harassment against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The actress claimed Weinstein once exposed himself to her while she was working on a movie produced by his former production company, Miramax.

Young appeared on the Dudley and Bob with Matt Show podcast in Austin where she recalled working on the 1992 film Love Crimes. She says that is when she "personally experienced him pulling his you-know-what out of his pants."

"My basic response was, 'You know, Harvey, I really don't think you »


- Patrick Shanley

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Scarlett Johansson Sets 'Our Town' Reading With 'Avengers' Cast for Puerto Rico Relief

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The actors of The Avengers are teaming up for Puerto Rico.

Scarlett Johansson has organized a reading of Thornton Wilder's classic play Our Town with Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Chris Evans. The event will take place On Nov. 6 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, where the next two installments of the Marvel franchise are currently being filmed.

Kenny Leon will direct the reading, presented by the John Gore Organization and set to include additional surprise appearances. All proceeds from the evening will be donated to support The Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund. Tickets go on sales on Oct. 23 »


- Ashley Lee

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Naomi Watts to Star in Psychological Thriller 'The Wolf Hour'

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Naomi Watts is set to take the lead in The Wolf Hour, a psychological thriller from up-and-coming writer and director Alistair Banks. 

Set during the 1977 New York blackout rights, the film will see the Oscar-nominated actress play June Leigh, a cultural icon and activist during the '60s who has since fallen from grace and is a shell of her former self, now facing her demons at the height of one of the darkest points in the city's history. Watts will also executive produce.

Alistair Banks Griffin’s first feature film Two Gates of Sleep screened in Director’s Fortnight at the 2010 »


- Alex Ritman

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Nicolas Cage Fighting Japanese Corn Snack With His Name and Picture

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Nicolas Cage has made a few questionable career moves for money, but he has drawn the line at being the face of a snack food. Photos of a Deluxe Umaibo Nicolastick bearing Cage's image from the critically panned Army of One made their way around the internet in early October.

On Oct. 11, FilmNation, international distributor of the Larry Charles-directed movie about one man's hunt for Osama bin Laden, issued a statement repudiating suggestions that the star endorsed the corn-flavored snack, which was intended to be distributed to advanced ticket buyers (the film opens Dec. 12 in Japan).

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- Gavin Blair

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J.K. Simmons on Playing a Grieving Widower in 'The Bachelors'

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In his new film The Bachelors, Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons plays a newly widowed father grappling with depression, something he says his life experience prepared him for.

In the film, his character picks up and moves to Los Angeles with his teenage son (played by Josh Wiggins) for a private school teaching job, after the early death of his wife. Their lives begin to transform due to two unique women (portrayed by Academy Award nominee Julie Delpy and Odeya Rush), who help them embrace life and love again.

Simmons tells The Hollywood Reporter his approach to the character was two-fold: »


- Lauren Huff

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TV Academy to Vote on Weinstein Ouster in November

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Six days after he was ousted by the Motion Picture Academy, Harvey Weinstein faces similar expulsion from the Television Academy.

The group's board of governors discussed the wave of assault and harassment accusations against the prolific film and TV producer by women across the industry during a Thursday meeting. And while Weinstein has not been immediately ousted from the voting body behind the Emmys, that seems imminent.

"Sexual harassment in any form is abhorrent and totally unacceptable," reads a statement from the TV Academy. "Television is a collaborative industry and we fully support those who have been affected »


- Michael O'Connell

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Tyler Perry as Madea: 5 Memorable Moments From the Film Franchise

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It’s been 12 years since Tyler Perry introduced the world to the sassy Mabel "Madea" Simmons in Diary of a Mad Black Women. She might be best described as the family member we never wanted, but also truly needed.

In honor of Madea's new film, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, The Hollywood Reporter looks back at some of her most memorable moments — and best quotes. While there are numerous moments to pick from, we pared the list down to five. Share your favorites in the comments below.

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- Courtney Idasetima

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Domhnall Gleeson Learns How to Drink From Thomas Haden Church in 'Crash Pad' (Exclusive Video)

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Domnhall Gleeson gets an unexpected lesson in drinking from Thomas Haden Church in The Hollywood Reporter's exclusive clip of Crash Pad.

In the comedy, the Star Wars actor plays a hopeless romantic who thinks he's found true love, only to learn that the woman he's seeing is actually married. Even more so, the fling is merely an instrument of revenge against her neglectful husband (Church), who then opts to get back at his wife by moving in with her lover and adopting the romantic’s slacker lifestyle.

Christina Applegate and Nina Dobrev also star in the movie, directed by Kevin Tent.

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- Ashley Lee

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French Foreign-Language Oscar Selection Features Breakout Performance by Nahuel Perez Biscayart

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Who

Nahuel Perez Biscayart in French film Bpm (Beats per Minute), out in New York on Oct. 20 and Los Angeles on Nov. 3.

Where You'Ve Seen Him Before

You probably haven't. The 31-year-old Argentina-born, Paris-based actor has appeared in several French and Latin American films, few of which have reached U.S. shores.

Why You Should Care Now

His performance as an ailing activist in Robin Campillo's searing drama about AIDS advocacy group Act Up in 1990s Paris (France's official submission for the foreign-language Oscar) electrified Cannes, where the film won the second-place Grand Prize. "[Biscayart] is a »


- THR Staff

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Darren Aronofsky on 'Mother!' Critics: "Rex Reed Called It the Worst Movie of the Century. That Is a Victory"

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Writer-director Darren Aronofsky says he’s unperturbed by the critical backlash to Mother!, his psychological thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem.

“My favorite [criticism of] Mother! is Rex Reed, [of the New York Observer, who] called it the worst movie of the century,” Aronofsky said October 11, speaking to students at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film & TV. “For me, [that] is a victory. I mean, finally I got to the top of the list. You know, he hated Black Swan [which], was an ugly duckling for him."

But, he added: “I don’t really read reviews. I try to »


- Stephen Galloway

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Producer Mark Gordon on Losing an Oscar to Harvey Weinstein and Why "It's a Scary Time" for Movies

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Tucked away in a corner of his Santa Monica offices is what Mark Gordon calls his "war room." Whiteboards are everywhere, with row upon row of projects listed at various stages. Every week, the 61-year-old and his staff of 40 meet here to go over their seemingly endless development and production roster. On the boards at the moment are such upcoming movies as the World War II drama Midway and the fantasy sequel The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, as well as TV series including The Climb, a Detroit-set comedy for Amazon about an office assistant looking for internet »


- Stephen Galloway

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'The Last Jedi' Director on a Key Spot He Avoided Green Screen

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April’s first Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser whet the appetite of fans, but since the full trailer and new poster arrived earlier this month it’s been a feeding frenzy of speculation. Fan speculation is running rampant on whether or not Luke (Mark Hamill) has gone over to the dark side (or perhaps that' Daisy Ridley's Rey who is turning that way).

Director Rian Johnson and producer Ram Bergman recently sat down to talk about the movie as part of Ireland Week on culture, art and commerce at L.A.’s Regal Theaters through Oct. 21. A significant portion of The Last »


- Jordan Riefe

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Bob Iger for President? Disney's Political Cat-and-Mouse Game

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Officially, Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger is not running for president. At least not yet. The 2020 election may feel eons away, but the Des Moines International Airport will soon start crowding with candidate wannabes, and while Iger has plenty of time to make up his mind, the clock is ticking and the whispers will only grow louder.

While Iger, 66, hasn't explicitly said he's interested, he also hasn't ruled himself out, which sets him apart from Sens. Al Franken and Chris Murphy, who recently have taken themselves out of the hypothetical running.

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- Jeremy Barr

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Lara Flynn Boyle Makes Rare Public Appearance, Talks Career and Sexual Misconduct in Hollywood

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Lara Flynn Boyle doesn't do a lot of interviews, but on Sunday morning she went looking for one. 

"I'm told that you're the person I should be talking to?" says the actress, approaching me on the grass known as Exposition Park in downtown Los Angeles, site of the 15th annual La County Walk to Defeat Als.

Boyle is wearing aviators, cargo pants, red Nikes and a navy blue t-shirt announcing her participation as part of Team Winsor Pilates. The shirt is enough of an explanation as to why she's eager to go on the record. Mari Winsor is a Pilates guru »


- Chris Gardner

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'Blade Runner 2049': Digital Sean Young Is Latest in Hollywood’s Digital Human Evolution

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Sean Young’s replicant Rachael is iconic to Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic Blade Runner — which made it all the more challenging when director Denis Villeneuve tasked veteran VFX supervisor John Nelson to bring the character back with the exact early look in a scene in Blade Runner 2049.

This task again demonstrates that Hollywood’s visual effects community wants to advance digital human work, which is still widely considered to be the most difficult of VFX feats, as it is something so nuanced and familiar — a human face. But the uses are becoming more frequent and for varied purposes — just »


- Carolyn Giardina

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China Box Office Forecast to Surge to $8.3B in 2017

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China's movie box office is expected to surge 20 percent-plus in 2017, hitting a record total of $8.31 billion (55.0 billion yuan), the country's media regulator said Friday.

In yuan terms, the figure would be up 20 percent, while the growth in dollar terms would hit 26 percent.

The sizable expansion would mark a major turnaround from 2016, when tickets sales grew by just 3.7 percent to $6.58 billion (45.7 billion yuan) after averaging 35 percent yearly gains for a decade.

The 2017 forecast was made by Zhang Hongsen, vice minister of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film »

- Patrick Brzeski

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