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Connie Sawyer, ‘When Harry Met Sally’ and ‘Pineapple Express’ Actress, Dies at 105

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Connie Sawyer, ‘When Harry Met Sally’ and ‘Pineapple Express’ Actress, Dies at 105
Actress Connie Sawyer passed away at age 105 over the weekend, multiple outlets report. She was the oldest working member of the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy.

Among Sawyer’s many roles are as James Franco’s godmother in “Pineapple Express” and as a member of one of the couples interviewed in the documentary portion of “When Harry Met Sally…

She died peacefully in Woodland Hills, California, at the Motion Picture & Television Country House, a community for retired entertainers. A representative for Sawyer did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
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John Cena in Talks to Star in ‘Duke Nukem’ Movie

John Cena in Talks to Star in ‘Duke Nukem’ Movie
John Cena is in talks to star in Paramount’s “Duke Nukem” movie, a big-screen version of the long-running video game franchise.

The project is set up at Paramount-based Platinum Dunes, which is operated by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller. No director or writer is attached yet.

Duke Nukem first appeared in the 1991 eponymous video game, developed by Apogee Software, as a muscular cigar-chomping man who always wears Ray-Bans and sports a flat-top haircut as he fights aliens to save planet Earth by using enormous physical strength and his expertise in firearms. He’s appeared in 19 video games as the title character, most recently in “Duke Nukem 3D: World Tour.”

Platinum Dunes franchises include “The Purge,” “Ouija,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” It’s a producer on John Krasinski’s horror movie “A Quiet Place,” opening April 6.

Cena made his name as a WWE star before starting another career as a movie actor more than
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‘Lizzie’ Director Craig William Macneill Set To Helm ‘She’s Never Coming Back’

‘Lizzie’ Director Craig William Macneill Set To Helm ‘She’s Never Coming Back’
AI Film (I, Tonya) has set Craig William Macneill whose film Lizzie is currently at Sundance in the U.S. Dramatic Competition, to direct the adaptation of the psychological thriller She’s Never Coming Back. The project is being adapted by Macneill from the best-selling Swedish novel by Hans Koppel. The story follows Mike, a husband and father who's trying cope with the unexplained disappearance of his wife after she fails to return home one night from work. As Mike…
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David Strathairn Starring in Edward James Olmos’ ‘The Devil Has a Name’ (Exclusive)

David Strathairn Starring in Edward James Olmos’ ‘The Devil Has a Name’ (Exclusive)
Edward James Olmos will direct and star alongside David Strathairn in “The Devil Has a Name.” The film is described as an environmental, dark comedy. Both men are Oscar nominees — Olmos for “Stand and Deliver” and Strathairn for “Good Night and Good Luck.”

The film centers on an unhinged oil baron who gets in a bruising standoff with a stubborn farmer after the water on his film was poisoned by her company. This portrait of corporate greed is based on a true story.

In addition to directing, Olmos will play Santiago, a Mexican immigrant and confidant, while Stratharin will star as the oil-empire fighting farmer.

Stratharin’s best known film projects include “Sneakers,” “The Bourne Legacy,” and “Eight Men Out.” He also won an Emmy Award for HBO’s Temple Grandin and recently appeared in Amazon Studio’s “McMafia.”

Olmos is best known for his work in “Blade Runner” and the cult TV series “Battlestar Galatica.” He previously
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Peter Jackson Making World War I Feature Documentary

Peter Jackson Making World War I Feature Documentary
Director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit) is making a documentary film about World War I that will premiere at the London Film Festival this fall and also air on the BBC.

The documentary, which doesn't have a title yet, will use original, archive footage from Britain's Imperial War Museums and audio from the BBC archives.

"The film will be broadcast on BBC One following a U.K.-wide premiere as part of the BFI London Film Festival in 2018," the filmmaker and his partners said Monday in unveiling the project. "The BBC will accompany the film with a ‘making-of’...
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Razzies: Jennifer Lawrence, Tom Cruise, Emma Watson Among 2018 Nominees

Razzies: Jennifer Lawrence, Tom Cruise, Emma Watson Among 2018 Nominees
Baywatch,” “The Emoji Movie,” “Fifty Shades Darker,” “The Mummy,” and “Transformers: The Last Knight” have been nominated as “worst picture” for the 38th annual Golden Raspberry Awards.

The nominees for the mock awards show were unveiled on Monday, a day before the Academy Awards nominations, with a video called “how to protect humanity from toxic waste.” Winners will be announced on March 3, the day before the Oscars ceremony.

“Welcome to the 38th Razzie Nominees,” the announcement said. “Simply defined, Razzie hazardous waste is material with properties that make it dangerous or capable of having a harmful effect on human health or the environment.”

The fifth “Transformers” movie, called “Transformers Xvii: The Last Knight” in the announcement, led the pack with seven noms, including worst picture, worst actor for Mark Wahlberg, worst supporting actor for Josh Duhamel, worst supporting Actress for Laura Haddock, and worst director for Michael Bay.

Other actors on the list included Tom Cruise for “The Mummy
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SPWA Lands Inventive Thriller ‘Search’ In $5 Million World Rights Deal – Sundance

SPWA Lands Inventive Thriller ‘Search’ In $5 Million World Rights Deal – Sundance
Exclusive: In the biggest deal on the ground at the Sundance Film Festival so far, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions paid $5 million for world rights to Search, an innovative Aneesh Chaganty-directed thriller that stars John Cho and Debra Messing, and turns the computer screen into a cinematic canvas. The film, which won the Alfred P. Sloan Film Prize and premiered yesterday in the Next section at the Ray at 6:30 pm, focuses on the relationship between a father and his…
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Oscars: New Rules Unveiled to Govern Handling of Envelopes

Oscars: New Rules Unveiled to Govern Handling of Envelopes
After taking responsibility for the epic best picture flub at the Oscars last year, Tim Ryan of PwC got down to business. He grilled the partners who made the gaffe, then personally reached out to the dozens of people affected by it: The show's producers, presenters and stage managers, as well as the filmmakers behind La La Land and Moonlight.

In the months that followed, PwC met with the academy many times to come up with new protocols and safeguards to prevent such a blunder in the future. Ryan revealed those six new reforms to The Associated Press....
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SAG Awards: ‘Three Billboards,’ ‘This Is Us’ Take Top Prizes

SAG Awards: ‘Three Billboards,’ ‘This Is Us’ Take Top Prizes
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was the big film winner at the SAG Awards Sunday with trophies for best ensemble cast, best actress for Frances McDormand for portraying a grieving mother and best supporting actor for Sam Rockwell.

Gary Oldman, meanwhile, won the best actor in a film award for his performance as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.” “I am so deeply honored and proud to win this magnificent award,” a clearly moved Oldman said.

Oldman said back stage that he was savoring the recognition, adding, “My feeling is enjoy the moment. It will be someone else standing up here next year.”

Oldman won the trophy over Timothee Chalamet for “Call Me by Your Name,” James Franco for “The Disaster Artist,” Daniel Kaluuya for “Get Out,” and Denzel Washington for “Roman Israel Esq.” Franco, who was recently accused by five women of sexually exploitative behavior, attended the ceremonies.

“Three Billboads” won the ensemble cast trophy over “The Big Sick
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Will Ewoks Return in the Han Solo Movie?

Will Ewoks Return in the Han Solo Movie?
Rumors abound that the first Solo trailer is dropping this week. There has been much fanfare over the second Star Wars Story, most of it not good. And there have been a lot of behind-the-scenes images, mostly shared by director Ron Howard. One leaked image clearly shows a taxidermied Ewok behind a glass case. Though it's highly suspect whether or not the Ewok, or others like it will show up in the movie. It's definitely there on set. But we might be looking at one of the many deleted scenes that will forever go unwatched in the Lucasfilm vault.

The image in question was leaked from the set before Ron Howard came in and took over for Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were fired. Images from this scene were some of the first to come online, giving fans a first look at the movie. And it clearly looks like
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Minnie Mouse, Iconic Toon, Finally Gets a Star of Her Own

Minnie Mouse, Iconic Toon, Finally Gets a Star of Her Own
She may be turning 90, but animated film, TV and fashion icon Minnie Mouse is as vital as ever.

She has a starring role on a Disney Channel show, tirelessly greets fans at Disney theme parks around the globe, and has inspired top fashion designers well into her octogenarian years. She is a licensing powerhouse. And on Jan. 22, she will receive her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Fittingly, Minnie’s longtime boyfriend, Mickey Mouse, will accompany her when she receives the honor. Mickey was the first cartoon character to get a star in 1978, when he was 50, and was later joined by other Disney toon characters.

Now it’s time for the winsome Minnie with the big bow and polka dot dress to join Tinker Bell, Snow White, Winnie the Pooh, Donald Duck and Mickey on the iconic walk. Minnie was unavailable for comment, but Russi Taylor, who has voiced her for more than 30 years
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SAG Awards: Biggest Snubs and Surprises

SAG Awards: Biggest Snubs and Surprises
The Screen Actors Guild usually proves themselves to be creatures of habit: They reward the same stars, year in and year out — following their own patterns rather than setting any new trends.

But the night wasn’t completely by the books. Here’s a look at some of the award show’s biggest curveballs:

Surprise: “This Is Us” (NBC)

Admittedly, this race was a tough one to call: Good arguments could have been made for any of the nominees. But “Stranger Things” was a surprise win last year, and the SAG did it again, crowning the NBC tearjerker. The last time a broadcast series took home the trophy was in 2006 for ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Snub: “Stranger Things” (Netflix)

Speaking of “Stranger Things,” the Netflix series went 0-for-4 tonight. Nothing for David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown, the stunt team, or the cast — depriving viewers of yet another rousing speech from Harbour and Winona Ryder’s facial
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Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Unsane,’ Four Other Films Added to Berlin Lineup

Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Unsane,’ Four Other Films Added to Berlin Lineup
Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming thriller “Unsane,” starring Claire Foy and Joshua Leonard, is among five more films added Monday to the competition lineup at next month’s Berlin Film Festival.

Unsane” joins “7 Days in Entebbe” and “Aga” as new additions that, though part of the competition slate, will not actually vie for the Golden and Silver Bears. All will have their world premieres at the Berlinale, as will the two titles added Monday that will compete for prizes: “Ang panahon ng halimaw” (“Season of the Devil”) from the Philippines and “Museo” (“Museum”) from Mexico, starring Gael Garcia Bernal.

All but one of the 24 competition films have now been selected. Nineteen of the 24 will vie for the Golden and Silver Bears.

“Unsane,” which is set for a March 23 release in the U.S. via Fingerprint Releasing and Bleecker Street, stars Foy as a woman who is sent to a mental institution though it is unclear whether her greatest
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‘Search’s Sev Ohanian Wins Sundance Institute/Amazon Studios Producers Award

‘Search’s Sev Ohanian Wins Sundance Institute/Amazon Studios Producers Award
Sev Ohanian is having a good Sundance Film Festival. This morning Search, the thriller he co-wrote and produced, landed the biggest money of the festival so far with a $5 million worldwide rights deal from Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. And at a Park City ceremony, Ohanian was awarded the Sundance Institute / Amazon Studios Producers Award for Narrative Feature Producer. The awards honor bold vision and a commitment to continuing work as a creative producer in the…
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‘Three Billboards,’ ‘Third Murder’ Set for Theatrical Release in China

‘Three Billboards,’ ‘Third Murder’ Set for Theatrical Release in China
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “The Third Murder” are set for limited releases in mainland Chinese theaters.

Both films are part of the slowly expanding lineup of foreign titles to be handled through the Nationwide Alliance of Arthouse Cinemas. The organization’s objective is to increase the diversity of what plays in Chinese theaters and to educate Chinese audiences.

The Naac was formed in late 2016 as a public-private partnership involving exhibitors and distributors, as well as China’s National Film Archive. Since launching, it has expanded now to include 600 screens under management nationwide.

“Three Billboards” is exactly the kind of prestige and festival-winning title that the Naac originally set out to pick up. With four Golden Globes under its belt and a strong shot at picking up further Oscar trophies, it will release in China on March 2. But given the film’s expletive-ridden dialog, cuts by official censors seem a certainty.

No date has
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Heath Ledger Died 10 Years Ago Today — Friends and Family Remember His 'Desperate' Final Weeks

Heath Ledger Died 10 Years Ago Today — Friends and Family Remember His 'Desperate' Final Weeks
Ten years ago, an exhausted Heath Ledger retreated to his New York City apartment to try and get some rest and recuperate from an illness he couldn’t shake.

Despite warnings from friends and family about mixing sleeping pills with prescription medications, the 28-year-old Brokeback Mountain star was found dead on Jan. 22, 2008 in his apartment. A toxicology report revealed a fatal mix of prescription drugs in his system.

Years after his death, People spoke with those closest to him about his amazing life and untimely death. They described a young superstar and father grappling with the pressures of fame, reeling
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Ocean's Eleven Trilogy Coming to Netflix in February

Ocean's Eleven Trilogy Coming to Netflix in February
Get ready to spend some quality time with George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon this February. The Ocean's Eleven trilogy—Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen, is coming to Netflix that month, E! News has learned. Steven Soderbergh's heist films were released between 2001 and 2007 and star the three actors. The first two movies also feature Julia Roberts while the second one also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones. The full list of movies and shows coming to Netflix in February will be released on Tuesday. Netflix had included Ocean's Twelve on its roster in early 2017 but this is the first time all three films will...
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‘America To Me’ Review: Steve James’ Absorbing High School Docuseries on Race is Absolutely Vital — Sundance 2018

‘America To Me’ Review: Steve James’ Absorbing High School Docuseries on Race is Absolutely Vital — Sundance 2018
Who knew Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, “Get Out” — that secretly screened at Sundance in 2017 before taking the nation by storm — would still be the most useful introduction to one of 2018’s most substantial documentaries? No, Steve James’ new docuseries, “America To Me,” isn’t a horror show with a dark comedic bent, but it does seem targeted at a similar audience; namely, privileged progressives like Bradley Whitford’s father figure, Dean Armitage, who seem eager to declare an end to racism in a post-Obama America, but less willing to let go of a privileged past.

An inverse exploration of the past eating its way into the present, “America To Me” uses empathetic portraits of teenage students and their earnest educators to craft an affecting, insightful, and vital piece of culture commentary. And guess what? Both James’ doc and Peele’s film arrive at a similar conclusion: Our problems
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‘Ophelia’ Review: Daisy Ridley Is a Reimagined Shakespearean Heroine, but the Drama Wastes Its Best Ideas

‘Ophelia’ Review: Daisy Ridley Is a Reimagined Shakespearean Heroine, but the Drama Wastes Its Best Ideas
Claire McCarthy’s “Ophelia” is based on Lisa Klein’s 2006 novel; both are a reworking of “Hamlet” from the perspective of his seemingly doomed lover. However, the film traps its best ideas (and its best performers) in a cheap narrative, rendered inert on the screen.

At least there’s Daisy Ridley as the eponymous Ophelia, introduced as a “willful girl.” Literally locked out of the very library she’s so desperate to enter (“Ophelia” is rarely subtle), Ridley brings a grace that makes it clear why both Queen Gertrude (Naomi Watts) and young Hamlet (George MacKay) would gravitate toward Ophelia. In a palace filled with whispers and intrigue — plus Clive Owen stomping about as a Claudius who offer both allure and repugnance — Ophelia offers an innocence in short supply. Gertrude soon takes her under her wing as an official lady-in-waiting, annoying her other attendants, who can’t accept that their charge likes a poor,
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