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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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‘The Punisher’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

‘The Punisher’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix
Hot off a very well-received first season, Netflix has renewed “The Punisher” for a second season. The Netflix Marvel series stars “The Walking Dead” alum Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, a vigilante out for revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children. Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ben Barnes and Amber Rose Revah also star.

Per usual with the streaming giant, no premiere date was announced for the show’s second season, but it’s likely to come in 2019 or later. Netflix’s 2018 Marvel slate is already packed, with “Jessica Jones” season 2 due March 8, followed later that year (TBA) by the.
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Guillermo del Toro Taps Scott Cooper for ‘Antlers’ and Sets New Project ‘Nightmare Alley’ (Exclusive)

Guillermo del Toro Taps Scott Cooper for ‘Antlers’ and Sets New Project ‘Nightmare Alley’ (Exclusive)
After Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” landed a leading seven nominations at the Golden Globes, Fox Searchlight has ramped up development on two projects with the filmmaker.

Sources tell Variety that Searchlight is in negotiations with “Hostiles” director Scott Cooper to direct the supernatural pic “Antlers,” which del Toro is producing. Del Toro has been a fan of Cooper’s for some time now, and the two were eager to work together.

Del Toro is also setting up a new directing gig, attaching himself to write and direct a remake of the 1947 Fox movie “Nightmare Alley.” Sources indicate that this will likely not be his next directing job, as he still has to pen the script, which he plans to co-write with Kim Morgan.

“I am delighted to continue the producing partnership that has been forged with Fox Searchlight during the making of ‘The Shape of Water,'” del Toro
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Ratings: The Walking Dead Fall Finale Numbers the Worst Since Season 2

Ratings: The Walking Dead Fall Finale Numbers the Worst Since Season 2
In the wake of Sunday’s fall finale of The Walking Dead, the Nielsens delivered to the AMC drama news that was as almost bad as that which Carl shared with Rick, Michonne and viewers in the episode’s last seconds: According to our sister site Variety, “How It’s Gotta Be” was the series’ lowest-rated midseason finale since Season 2 back in 2011.

The plus-sized installment — in which Negan and the Saviors struck back against the AHK (Alexandria/Hilltop/Kingdom) uprising — averaged a 3.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.9 million viewers.
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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Heads for $425M-Plus Global Blastoff

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Heads for $425M-Plus Global Blastoff
The Force is getting ready to strike the global box office once again.

Disney and Lucasfilms' Star Wars: The Last Jedi begins opening in select foreign markets midweek before blasting off in North America and other major territories on Friday. That excludes China, where the tentpole doesn't roll out until Jan. 5.

By all accounts, the sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens should gross $425 million-plus by Sunday to secure one of the five best worldwide openings of all time, not accounting for inflation. That includes a North American take in the $200 million range, the best...
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Ari Sandel Tapped to Direct ‘Goosebumps’ Sequel

Ari Sandel Tapped to Direct ‘Goosebumps’ Sequel
Ari Sandel has been brought on board to direct a sequel to “Goosebumps,” Variety has learned.

It is unclear, however, if this “Goosebumps” follow up will be the next one to hit theaters or if it will even get made at all. Sony, which is backing the movie, has two versions in development. One of these scripts features original star Jack Black, and one does not. There are scheduling concerns involving the actor. The pressure is mounting, and Sony had better make a decision soon about which film it wants to make if it has a chance of hitting its September 21, 2018 release date.

The studio has tapped Rob Lieber (“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”) to write one of these scripts. The first “Goosebumps,” was a modest hit, having grossed $150.2 million worldwide on a reported $58 million budget. Sony is looking to trim costs on this iteration.

Sandel’s credits include “The Duff,
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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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Howard Gottfried, Producer on 'Network' and 'Altered States,' Dies at 94

Howard Gottfried, Producer on 'Network' and 'Altered States,' Dies at 94
Howard Gottfried, the Oscar-nominated producer who teamed with famed screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky on Network, The Hospital and Altered States, has died. He was 94.

Gottfried suffered a stroke and died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his daughter, Norah Weinstein, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Gottfried earned his Academy Award nomination for producing Sidney Lumet's Network (1976), which did not win the best picture trophy but did take four Oscars — for Chayefsky and actors Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight — amid its 10 noms.

The producer was...
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Disney-Fox Deal Expected for Thursday (Report)

Disney-Fox Deal Expected for Thursday (Report)
A mega deal between Disney and Fox will be announced on Thursday, according to a new report on CNBC.

The $60 billion-plus pact will see Disney acquire key entertainment and sports assets from 21st Century Fox, including its film and TV studio. The CNBC report follows a Monday announcement that Comcast has opted out of its pursuit for Fox.

A spokesman for Fox declined comment. A Disney spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Shares of Disney were up 0.44% in early morning trading to just over $107, while shares of Fox rose .33% to $33.37.

Not all of Fox’s assets will go to Disney. The company will retain Fox News, the Fox broadcast network, and Fox Sports 1, which will be reconstituted into a new, independent company. According to CNBC, that would be worth roughly $10 a share. As part of the deal, Fox shareholders will get a stake in the new company, along with shares of Disney.
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Jose Canseco Says Sexual Misconduct Accusers Are ‘Racist Against Ugly Men’

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Jose Canseco Says Sexual Misconduct Accusers Are ‘Racist Against Ugly Men’
Jose Canseco got his juices stirring over the recent onslaught of sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men, offering his own bizarre #MeToo movement and opining that women who complain about sexual misconduct are “racist against ugly men.” The former baseball player — who was at the heart of the steroids controversy — hit up Twitter on Tuesday to offer his thoughts on the topic, divulging that he, too, had been molested and that it was “kind of a turn on.” “What is going on with all these politicians molesting women I’ve been molested by several women and never complained,” Canseco wrote.
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Film News Roundup: ‘Get Out’ Named Top Film of 2017 by African American Film Critics Assn.

Film News Roundup: ‘Get Out’ Named Top Film of 2017 by African American Film Critics Assn.
In today’s film news roundup, “Get Out” wins top awards from the African American Film Critics, Fred Rogers gets a stamp, and Lyor Cohen is selected as a keynoter at SXSW.

Awards

Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” has won four awards from members of the African American Film Critics Association, taking the trophies for best film, director, actor, and screenplay.

Aafca recognized Frances McDormand as best actress for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Laurence Fishburne won the supporting actor trophy for “Last Flag Flying” and Tiffany Haddish won supporting actress for “Girls Trip.”

Lakeith Stanfield, who also appears in “Get Out,” won the breakout star award for his lead role in “Crown Heights,” which also won the best independent award.

“The films released in 2017 captured a plethora of lifestyles, experiences and emotions that allowed our members to engage with a different range of storylines from previous years,” said Aafca co-founder and president, Gil Robertson.
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Disney’s ‘Nutcracker’ Movie Plans Major Reshoots, Joe Johnston to Direct Instead of Lasse Hallstrom

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Disney’s ‘Nutcracker’ Movie Plans Major Reshoots, Joe Johnston to Direct Instead of Lasse Hallstrom
Disney is planning a massive 32 days of additional photography on the ballet-inspired fantasy movie “Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. In addition, the studio is bringing in “Captain America: The First Avenger” director Joe Johnston to direct the reshoots instead of original filmmaker Lasse Hallstrom. The film, based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s classic “Nutcracker” Christmas tale, is still targeting a holiday 2018 release. But the studio is clearly rethinking the film after wrapping the shoot last spring and showing a trailer at its D23 convention in July. Also Read: Disney's 'Nutcracker and the Four.
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New Roman Polanski Investigation Opened by the Lapd

The Lapd has opened a new investigation into “Rosemary’s Baby” director Roman Polanski, the Associated Press reports. According to the Associated Press, detectives are investigating a woman’s allegation that Polanski molested her when she was 10, in 1975. While the statute of limitations precludes ciiminal charges from being brought against Polanski on the new allegations, police could be able to use evidence from the new investigation to aid in other cases. California artist Marianne Barnard reported to police in October that Polanski molested her during a 1975 photo-shoot during which Polanski had her pose naked and in a fur coat on.
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Anthony Bourdain Defends #MeToo Accusers From Doubters: ‘They Have Nothing to Gain’

Anthony Bourdain Defends #MeToo Accusers From Doubters: ‘They Have Nothing to Gain’
Chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain penned an essay speaking out against sexual misconduct following Monday’s allegations against Mario Batali. The host of CNN’s “Parts Unknown” wrote that he stands “unhesitatingly and unwaveringly with the women” who have come forward to accuse Batali and numerous other men in Hollywood, politics and media of sexual harassment or assault. “Women risk a crushing level of public skepticism, vilification, shaming, and retribution,” he wrote in the essay titled “On Reacting to Bad News,” shared to Medium. “They have nothing to gain, and everything to lose.” Also Read: Mario Batali Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Four.
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Shelter PR Expanding Into Film, TV Representation

Shelter PR, the agency that reps stars such as Tina Fey, Steve Carell and Jason Bateman, is expanding its portfolio, establishing a film and television division.

The company, run by Cara and Christine Tripicchio and Marla Farrell, has hired Alicia Ramirez Wyld, a former Paramount executive, to spearhead the new arm.

Wyld held senior positions at Focus Features, Warner Bros and most recently Paramount where, for nearly ten years, she oversaw the regional publicity and promotions activities as well as all experiential marketing, Hispanic, African-American and Asian American publicity in addition to sports, religious and family outreach for the company's films.

Among...
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Roy Moore Spokesman Reamed for Bible Flub, Saying Gay Conduct Should ‘Probably’ Be Illegal

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The Spokesman for Alabama Gop senate candidate Roy Moore caused many jaws to drop with an absolutely bizarre CNN appearance in which he said that his boss “probably” wants to outlaw homosexuality. Moore, running in a special election to fill the senate seat vacated earlier this year by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, said in 2005 that “homosexual conduct should be illegal.” Moore has never publicly walked that back, so CNN host Jake Tapper repeatedly asked spokesman Ted Crockett if Moore still believes that. “Homosexuality is a sin in the biblical sense,” Ted Crockett initially said. “That is where Roy Moore.
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Shelter PR Expands With New Film and TV Division, Hires Veteran PR Exec Alicia Ramirez Wyld

Shelter PR is expanding their agency with the launch of its new film and television division, and has also hired former Paramount exec Alicia Ramirez Wyld as exec VP.

Wyld has held senior positions at Focus Features, Warner Bros., and, most recently, Paramount where, for nearly 10 years, she oversaw regional publicity and promotions as well as all experiential marketing, in addition to sports, religious, and family outreach for the company’s films.

“On the heels of our three-year anniversary of opening the doors at Shelter PR, we are excited to take the company to the next level,” said Shelter PR partners Cara and Christine Tripicchio and Marla Farrell. “Alicia is a highly respected, savvy, and smart executive who is known for her innovative ideas and ability to execute campaigns on a global scale. We couldn’t be more thrilled that she is joining our team and look forward to expanding the company with Alicia playing a key role
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From ‘Lego Batman’ to ‘Ferdinand’ to ‘Boss Baby,’ These Actors Inspire the Animators

From ‘Lego Batman’ to ‘Ferdinand’ to ‘Boss Baby,’ These Actors Inspire the Animators
From “the Lego Batman Movie” and “The Boss Baby” to “Ferdinand,” theaters are full of animated films showcasing premiere acting talent. Will Arnett, Rosario Dawson, John Cena and Miranda Cosgrove are just a few of the actors who’ve entered the booth this year to give a vocal performance that will inspire animators as they create a character.

Voice-acting gigs were not always seen as plum jobs and voice actors often didn’t receive the same respect accorded other performers. That started to shift in 1992 when Robin Williams gave one of the most memorable voice performances as the Genie in “Aladdin.”

“A lot of people think it’s like an Adr process, like a post process when you’re directing a vocal performance,” says Tom McGrath, the helmer behind “Boss Baby” and the “Madagascar” films. “The main thing is to create a safe place for the actors so they can try things. As a director
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