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Jake Gyllenhaal Is a Lock If Ben Affleck Bails on The Batman?

Jake Gyllenhaal Is a Lock If Ben Affleck Bails on The Batman?
There has been no shortage of rumors swirling around The Batman over the past few months, regarding star Ben Affleck and his potential exit from the standalone sequel. A report surfaced in August that the actor was in fact leaving, and although that report was later retracted, Jon Hamm (Mad Men) has express his interest in the role, and director Matt Reeves is reportedly eyeing Jake Gyllenhaal. There has been a lot of back-and-forth between the studio and Affleck, with this latest report claiming the studio is "sour" on Ben. If the actor were to outright bail on The Batman at this point, Jake Gyllenhaal} will likely get the call to replace him. Here's what an unnamed sourced had to say about Jake Gyllenhaal replacing Ben Affleck.

"Gyllenhaal is probably Batman. Affleck is not out of it yet. That's the thing, he still has a contract. But the studio is sour on him.
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Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco Joins Viggo Mortensen in Drama 'Green Book' (Exclusive)

Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco Joins Viggo Mortensen in Drama 'Green Book' (Exclusive)
Sebastian Maniscalco will join Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali in the real-life drama Green Book.

Green Book follows an Italian-American bouncer, Tony Lip, (Mortensen), who in 1962 is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), one of the world’s finest jazz pianists, on a concert tour from New York City through the pre-Civil Rights era Deep South. They had to use the Negro Motorist Green Book to guide them to the few motels, restaurants and gas stations below the Mason-Dixon Line that served black customers.

Maniscalco will play Tony's fast-talking brother-in-law, Johnny.

Peter Farrelly will direct from a script he wrote with Nick Vallelonga and Brian Currie.

Jim Burke, Charles...
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Sundance: HBO Buys ‘Price of Everything’

Sundance: HBO Buys ‘Price of Everything’
HBO Documentary Films has nabbed “The Price of Everything,” a look at the world of contemporary art, in advance of its Sundance Film Festival debut.

Directed by Oscar-nominated director Nathaniel Kahn, “The Price of Everything” examines the headaches associated with pricing art and the vagaries of a market based around subjective opinions of what is hot and valuable. It looks at collectors, dealers, auctioneers and artists in weaving together its cultural and commerical tapestry, and features interviews with the likes of Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, and Larry Poons.

The company has acquired U.S. TV rights to the film and will also open it in theaters in at least a dozen U.S. markets prior to its premiere on HBO. It debuts in Sundance on Jan. 19. Kahn previously worked with HBO on his 2004 documentary “My Architect” and his short “Two Hands.”

“I couldn’t think of a better home for the film than HBO
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Trevor Jackson & Jason Mitchell To Star In Sony’s ‘Superfly’ Remake From Director X; Future, Steven R. Shore To Produce

Trevor Jackson & Jason Mitchell To Star In Sony’s ‘Superfly’ Remake From Director X; Future, Steven R. Shore To Produce
Exclusive: Sony’s Superfly film is assembling a team aptly fit for its title. As Deadline previously reported, Director X is officially attached to direct the remake with Trevor Jackson confirmed to star as Youngblood Priest. In addition, Mudbound and Straight Outta Compton star Jason Mitchell has signed on to co-star as Eddie, along with Lex Scott Davis as Georgia, Andrea Londo as Cynthia, Jacob Ming-Trent (Showtime's White Famous) as Fat Freddy, and Omar Chapparo as…
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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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MPAA: Film, TV Boosted U.S. Economy by $49 Billion in 2016

The American film and television industry paid out $49 billion to local businesses across the country in 2016, according to the Motion Picture Association of America.

The MPAA, which represents the six major studios, announced on Tuesday that the film and television industry supported 2.1 million jobs in 2016 — up 100,000 from the previous year. Total wages paid out rose by $4 billion to reach $139 billion, with an average salary 42% higher than the national average.

The MPAA also said jobs directly related to the production and distribution of films and TV shows increased by 24,000 over the prior year to nearly 700,000 jobs.

“While the awards season often focuses on glitz and glamour, it’s important to recognize that the impact of America’s film and television industry extends far beyond the red carpet,” said Charles Rivkin, chairman and chief executive officer of the MPAA. “This industry is one of the nation’s most powerful cultural and economic resources, supporting 2.1 million
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Stx President Sophie Watts Stepping Down

This just came in from Stx, which says Stx Entertainment president Sophie Watts is exiting her post “to focus on new business opportunities.” She had been president since the company’s beginnings, and will remain a strategic advisor. Stx said that for the time being all divisions previously reporting to Watts will now report directly to CEO Bob Simonds or COO Thomas B. McGrath. "Sophie is a force of nature. She is an incredibly talented, versatile executive who has been…
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Dave Bautista Was Told He Was Too Young for His ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Role

Dave Bautista Was Told He Was Too Young for His ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Role
Towering at 6′ 3″ and boasting a thickset neck and torso, Dave Bautista is already an unlikely Hollywood star. The former professional wrestler and mixed martial arts fighter shot to stardom in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy as Drax, the gruff musclehead alien with a heart, and continues to shine in intriguing roles like that of the Replicant Sapper Morton in Blade Runner 2049. […]

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‘The Flash’ Hires the Directors of the Bad ‘Vacation’ Reboot

‘The Flash’ Hires the Directors of the Bad ‘Vacation’ Reboot
Well, this is unexpected: John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, the co-writers of Spider-Man: Homecoming (good!) and the directors of the Vacation reboot (bad!) have just been hired to helm the standalone Flash movie. Both Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa had once been attached to helm the project, which is currently going under the title Flashpoint. Here’s what you need […]

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‘The Flash’ Will Be Directed By The Screenwriters of ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Uhh, so this is a little bit unexpected, but in Hollywood you can fail upwards. The DC Films’ picture “The Flash” has played a lot of musical chairs. First Phil Lord and Chris Miller who bailed to make “Han Solo” (only to get fired) then “Dope” director Rick Famuyiwa dropped out too over “creative differences” and so too did Seth Grahame-Smith (“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter”), who also rewrote the script.

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Jane Fonda, Common & Gloria Allred To Speak At Sundance Respect Rally

Jane Fonda, Common & Gloria Allred To Speak At Sundance Respect Rally
Exclusive: Jane Fonda, Common and Gloria Allred rarely do things by half and this weekend the frequently outspoken trio will be among the speakers at the Respect Rally set to happen at the Sundance Film Festival. All with films at the Robert Redford founded fest this year, the two Oscar winners and the relentless attorney the heart of the Seeing Allred documentary will be joined by the likes of Daveed Diggs, Nick Offerman, Sage Trudell, Rafael Casal and Bart Powaikee…
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J.J. Abrams Shopping a Return to TV with New Sci-Fi Series

J.J. Abrams has spent near the last decade traversing the galaxy on the big screen with the Star Trek and Star Wars films, but Abrams is finally eyeing a return to TV writing with a new sci-fi series. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the filmmaker plans to head back to space once agin with a new spec script he's shopping around to networks. The series would be his first return to television since he created and wrote for Fringe in 2008. Abrams penned the script and executive produces through his Bad Robot banner. HBO and Apple are said …
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Watch: Paul Thomas Anderson, Production Assistant, 1992

Paul Thomas Anderson held a Reddit Ama today, where the subject of a video from 1992 came up. In the video, Anderson wanders the set of the Robert Conrad movie Sworn to Vengeance, asking various crew departments about their work and which one is the most important while generally being very snarky and making Clinton jokes. It’s a fun curio.
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Sophie Watts Steps Down as Stx President

Sophie Watts Steps Down as Stx President
Sophie Watts has stepped down as president of Stx. In a press release Stx said that Watts was leaving to “focus on new business opportunities.”

Watts’ departure has been rumored for months. However, Watts previously denied to Variety that she was leaving.

In a statement, Watts thanks CEO Bob Simonds, as well as the heads of Hony and Tpg Growth, two investors in the studio.

“Stx has been a life-changing experience for me, not only because of the company’s phenomenal growth and unique approach to global creativity, but because of the hundreds of spectacular people who make it such an extraordinary place to work,” Watts said in a statement.

Watts’ exit comes as Stx has struggled to gain a foothold in the industry. The studio launched with grand ambitions to compete directly against the major studios. Yet, its output has been spotty. The studio scored with “Bad Moms” and its sequel “Bad Moms Christmas,” but has also
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‘Flashpoint’: John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein Tapped to Direct

About a month before their action-comedy film Game Night hits theaters, directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have apparently landed a big new Warner Bros. role: They're in negotiations to direct Flashpoint, the solo film in the Dceu that features Ezra Miller's Barry Allen, a.k.a. The Flash. The directors, whose previous collaboration was the attempted dysfunctional family comedy reboot Vacation, have a lengthier history in the business together as writers for the Horrible Bosses movies and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, and are part of the Hasbro/Paramount writers room. Variety reports that Francis Daley …
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Hugh Wilson, ‘Police Academy’ Director and ‘Wkrp in Cincinnati’ Creator, Dies at 74

Hugh Wilson, ‘Police Academy’ Director and ‘Wkrp in Cincinnati’ Creator, Dies at 74
Hugh Wilson, creator of the CBS comedies “Wkrp in Cincinnati” and “Frank’s Place” and writer-director of the first “Police Academy” movie, died Jan. 14 in Charlottesville, Va. He was 74.

Wilson was a writer for the “Bob Newhart Show” and “The Tony Randall Show” and won an Emmy for best comedy writing in 1988 for “Frank’s Place.” He received Emmy nominations for his work on “The Famous Teddy Z” and “Wkrp in Cincinnati.” He was twice awarded the Humanitas Prize, given for television and film writing that promotes meaning and human dignity.

Wilson excelled as a creator of ensemble comedies with enduring appeal. “Wkrp,” which ran from 1978-1982, revolved around a motley group of characters at a run-down Cincinnati radio station. “Frank’s Place,” which lasted only one season in 1987-88, was set a restaurant in New Orleans. Both shows are often cited among TV’s all-time best comedies.

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Hugh Wilson Dies: ‘Wkrp In Cincinnati’ Creator Who Helmed ‘Police Academy’ & ‘First Wives Club’ Was 74

Hugh Wilson Dies: ‘Wkrp In Cincinnati’ Creator Who Helmed ‘Police Academy’ & ‘First Wives Club’ Was 74
Hugh Wilson, an Emmy-winning writer-producer and Wkrp in Cincinnati series creator who also directed several features including The First Wives Club and the original Police Academy, has died. He was 74. Wcav-tv Charlottesville, Va, reported that he died over the weekend in Albemarle County. Wilson started his TV writing career on The Bob Newhart Show and The Tony Randall Show in the mid-1970s. He then created the influential sitcom Wkrp in Cincinnati, which aired for four…
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