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Tamara Jenkins Delivers Infertility Dramedy ‘Private Life’ for Sundance Opening Night

Tamara Jenkins Delivers Infertility Dramedy ‘Private Life’ for Sundance Opening Night
Director Tamara Jenkins has always been interested in the family dynamic. The indie classic “Slums of Beverly Hills” was about failed upward mobility in the late 1970s. “The Savages” was about disinterested siblings who need to solve the problem of an ailing father.

After a ten-year break, Jenkins returned to open the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday night with “Private Life,” about a reproductively-challenged couple who need to start a family before they eviscerate the two-person unit they’ve already got.

Kathryn Hahn plays Rachel, a 41-year-old novelist who...
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Weekend Box Office: 'Den of Thieves' Nabs $950K in Thursday Previews

Weekend Box Office: 'Den of Thieves' Nabs $950K in Thursday Previews
Den of Thieves nabbed $950,000 in Thursday preview screenings.

STXfilms' R-rated heist movie stars Gerard Butler as a cop who's pitted against a crew looking to rob the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown Los Angeles. Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Pablo Schreiber and O'Shea Jackson Jr. are also among the cast of the thriller, which marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Christian Gudegast. It screens in 2,432 theaters, and could pull in $7 million-$8 million.

12 Strong earned $900,000 in preview screenings on Thursday night. The Warner Bros. release follows a Special Forces team into battle in Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. Chris...
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'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube

'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube
Danny Strong, co-creator of Fox's Empire, has been tapped to pen Disney’s modern and musical take on Charles DickensOliver Twist, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Thomas Kail, the Tony-winning director of Hamilton, is attached to helm the project, which has Ice Cube on board to star and produce.

Also producing are Marc Platt, the veteran movie producer who was behind Broadway’s hit musical Wicked, and Jeff Kwatinetz of The Firm.

Oliver Twist is one of Dickens’ most famous works and tells of an orphan boy who moves from a life as an exploited child laborer to being under the wings of Fagin, a leader of...
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'Toy Story 4' Finds Its Writer

'Toy Story 4' Finds Its Writer
Toy Story 4 has found its writer. 

Stephany Folsom, who recently had a feud with Marvel after being denied a "Story by" credit on Thor: Ragnarok, has been tapped to write the script for the upcoming fourth installment of the long-running Pixar franchise, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 

Rashida Jones was initially attached as writer for the film, along with her writing partner Will McCormack, but she left the project last year. It was reported that Jones stepped away from the project early on after an unwanted advance from Pixar head John Lasseter, who took a leave of...
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Netflix Acquires ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ Starring ‘Stranger Things’ Actress Shannon Purser

Netflix Acquires ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ Starring ‘Stranger Things’ Actress Shannon Purser
Netflix has acquired “Sierra Burgess Is A Loser,” a feature film from Black Label Media.

Ian Samuels directed the pic with Lindsey Beer penning the script. The movie stars “Stranger Things” actress Shannon Purser, Rj Cyler, Kristine Froseth, Noah Centineo, Chrissy Metz, Alan Ruck, and Lea Thompson.

The film is a modern rom-com retelling of the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, set in high school. It centers on Sierra (Purser), an intelligent teen who does not fall into the shallow definition of high school pretty but, in a case of mistaken identity that results in unexpected romance, must team with the popular girl (Froseth) in order to win her crush.

The film is produced and fully financed by Black Label Media, with Molly Smith, Rachel Smith, Trent Luckinbill, and Thad Luckinbill serving as producers. Wme brokered the deal.

Best known as Barb in Season 1 of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Purser can be seen next in NBC’s drama
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Competition Will be Stiff for New Releases With 'Jumanji' Set to Remain #1

Competition Will be Stiff for New Releases With 'Jumanji' Set to Remain #1
This weekend sees Warner Bros.'s 12 Strong and STX's R-rated heist thriller Den of Thieves hitting theaters, both of which are targeting male audiences, which means they'll also have to contend with the NFL conference championship games this Sunday. Additionally, a couple of notable expansions are taking place this weekend along with Roadside's moderate release of Forever My Girl. That being said, all appear as if they'll be settling in behind last weekend's #1 and #2 films, as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and The Post are expected to hold on to those top two spots. Jumanji topped last weekend's box office after dropping just 24.5%, and this weekend it should continue to hold on rather well. While we're currently anticipating a drop around 32% and a fifth weekend around $19 million, don't be surprised if it hangs on a little better than that. The film should top $315 million domestically by end of day Sunday,
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Party of Five Reboot Is Happening at Freeform

Party of Five Reboot Is Happening at Freeform
Another day, another reboot! Party of Five is the latest series staged to make a TV comeback, as Freeform is set to reboot the the beloved '90s drama, E! News has confirmed. The network has handed a pilot order to the original series creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman, who will be modernizing the drama by tackling immigration. Similar to the original series, the reboot will follow five siblings, the Buendias, who struggle to keep their family together after their parents are deported back to Mexico.  The original Party of Five, which ran from 1994-2000, starred Scott Wolf, Matthew Fox, Neve Campbell, and Lacey Chabert (and various actors who played the youngest, Owen) as siblings...
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Producers Guild of America Announces New Anti-Harassment Guidelines

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The Producers Guild of America announced a new set of anti-sexual harassment guidelines on Friday, outlining the steps the guild is enacting to combat harassment in the entertainment industry. The guidelines were recommended by a task force formed by the PGA last October in response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which led to the guild banning the disgraced producer for life. The guidelines were ratified unanimously by the PGA Board of Directors, and include advice to producers on how to report suspected abuse and foster a culture that prevents abuse and discourages incidents from being hidden. Also Read: Justin Timberlake's 'Supplies' Exists...
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The Most Unhinged Nicolas Cage Movie Moment in Years

The Most Unhinged Nicolas Cage Movie Moment in Years
Forty five minutes into filmmaker Brian Taylor’s new film Mom and Dad, Nicolas Cage (playing rampaging dad Brent Ryan) picks up a sledgehammer and starts smashing a pool table while singing “The Hokey Pokey.” This was just minutes after we'd seen him knock out a teenage boy (Robert T. Cunningham) with his bare hands and chase his daughter Carly (Anne Winters) and son Josh (Zackary Arthur) around a cookie cutter suburban oasis in a murderous rage.

Not long after the pool table incident, he’s at it again, finagling ways of flushing his children out of the basement so he and his wife Kendall...
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Producers Guild Issues New Anti-Sexual Harassment Guidelines

The Producers Guild of America has adopted an extensive set of anti-sexual harassment guidelines, which it is sending to its 8,200 members today. The guidelines contain definitions for what constitutes sexual harassment and a hostile work environment, practices to put in place to prevent such situations both on and off the set and resources available to anyone who feels they have been put in an uncomfortable work situation.

The proposals were developed, with input from the newly formed Time’s Up, and then recommended by the PGA’s Anti-Sexual Harassment Task Force, which was created last October in response to the Harvey...
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Santa Barbara Film Fest: Margot Robbie, Allison Janney to Share Performer Award (Exclusive)

Santa Barbara Film Fest: Margot Robbie, Allison Janney to Share Performer Award (Exclusive)
Margot Robbie and Allison Janney, the stars of Craig Gillespie's acclaimed dramedy I, Tonya (on which Robbie also served as a producer), have been tapped to share the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award at the 2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the fest announced Friday. It's only the third time this award will be shared.

The ceremony, which I will moderate, will take place at Santa Barbara's historic Arlington Theatre on Feb. 8 as part of Sbiff's 33rd edition, which, despite the deadly mudslides that recently afflicted Montecito, will take place, as scheduled, from...
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Joel McHale Preps New Netflix Comedy Series

Joel McHale Preps New Netflix Comedy Series
Community star and former host of The Soup, Joel McHale, will return to topical, satirical comedy with his new Netflix series, The Joel McHale Show. The weekly, half-hour show – which launches globally on Sunday, February 18th – will feature sketches, celebrity guest spots and video clips spanning TV, sports, politics and celebrity culture.

The program reunites McHale with several other alumni from The Soup, the long-running E! series he hosted from July 2004 to December 2015. Brad Stevens, K.P. Anderson and Boyd Vico will executive produce alongside McHale, Jessie Henderson (Snatched, The Heat
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Jessica Chastain Shows Jimmy Fallon What It's Like to Have a Female Role

Jessica Chastain Shows Jimmy Fallon What It's Like to Have a Female Role
Jessica Chastain illustrated her words with actions Thursday on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, engaging the late night host in an exercise in Hollywood inequality.

The Molly's Game actress prefaced the demonstration with a note that "female roles have been so underwritten, especially compared to male roles."

She and Fallon then acted out three movie scenes, reading off scripts and adopting roles of the opposite gender.

The first scene, from a romantic comedy, saw Chastain playing the man, bumping into Fallon, who was playing the woman.

"Oh, excuse me.
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Rian Johnson Refutes Critics of Controversial 'Last Jedi' Scene

Rian Johnson Refutes Critics of Controversial 'Last Jedi' Scene
Rian Johnson on Friday dropped the mic — or maybe it was a lightsaber — on Star Wars fans who got bent out of shape over a specific scene towards the end of The Last Jedi.

The movie has been out for some time now, but still, spoilers ahead.

In a series of tweets, Johnson showed a portion from the 2010 book, "The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force", that states Luke's (Mark Hamill) projected version of himself confronting Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) was an actual Jedi skill and not just something Johnson cooked up.

Through seven tweets of pictures,...
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MoviePass Now Aims to Acquire Films With Distributors

MoviePass, which sells up to a month's worth of movie tickets for the price of one, said Thursday it will put more "skin in the game" by partnering with distributors to acquire films with them. 

The company made the announcement of its new business, dubbed MoviePass Ventures, at the Sundance Film Festival. 

MoviePass made a splash late last year when it announced that the subscription service it launched seven years at $50 a month giving users one ticket to a theater every day would be dropped to $9.95.

MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe has always maintained that the service primarily benefits...
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Ratings: ABC’s Tgit Returns With a Bang, But Not Big Enough to Beat CBS Sitcoms

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The ladies of Tgit finally returned to ABC on Thursday night after long midseason hiatuses. And they brought an impressive amount of viewers right back with them. However, Olivia Pope, Meredith Grey and Annalise Keating’s separate dramas just couldn’t compete with the laughs CBS doled out that evening. CBS was first in ratings with a 1.7 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 9.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 8, “The Big Bang Theory” posted a 2.9/12 and 14.7 million viewers. At 8:30, “Young Sheldon” landed a 2.4/9 and 13.2 million viewers. At...
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Facebook’s Watch Is Surprisingly Popular With Young People, New Study Shows

It looks like a fair amount of people are checking out Lavar Ball on Facebook. Facebook’s Watch — its budding video platform — is off to a strong start, according to a new study from Morgan Stanley. Forty percent of Facebook users check out clips on a weekly basis, according to analysts Brian Nowak and Ben Swinburne. Watch launched last August, with the social network streaming hundreds of shows — including content from A&E, Vox, Thrillist, and debuting shows like “Ball in the Family,” following around Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball and his zany family. And Facebook — often more associated with an...
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Remote Controlled: ‘Versace’ Star Darren Criss on Playing Andrew Cunanan, Plus ‘The Four’ Experts

Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.

In this week’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum talks with Darren Criss, who stars in the new installment of FX’s “American Crime Story” franchise, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.”

Criss says that he’d been discussing playing serial killer Andrew Cunanan with series creator Ryan Murphy for several years. “My reaction was, I’d be thrilled to do this,” he says. “I thought it was something he forgot about and was just spitballing. But he stuck to his word, and I’m so glad he finally decided to do this.”

But he knew the part would always be his, he admits. “I almost defy you, Ryan, to find someone else in your camp who somehow looks like this guy, is actually half-Filipino, is in the
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‘Gold Rush: White Water': Discovery Spinoff Looks Crazy Dangerous (Exclusive Video)

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Mining for gold is dangerous. Mining for gold at the bottom of a whitewater rapid river is just plain stupid. Meet the geniuses of Discovery’s “Gold Rush” spinoff, “Gold Rush: White Water.” TheWrap‘s got an exclusive sneak peek at Friday’s series premiere above. In our preview video, Dakota Fred and his son Dustin return to Alaska’s McKinley Creek, determined to make a fortune at any cost. Based on the quote we pulled for our sub-headline, it’s pretty obvious that someone is going to drown on tonight’s debut. (A reality TV show wouldn’t edit footage for the dramatic, would it?) Also Read: Discovery...
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2018 PGA Awards predictions: What happens when ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘Big Little Lies’ face off for the first time?

2018 PGA Awards predictions: What happens when ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘Big Little Lies’ face off for the first time?
“The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Big Little Lies” have been winning everything: the Emmys, the Golden Globes, the Critics’ Choice Awards. Thus far they’ve been impossible to beat, but up until now they’ve stayed in their own lanes: “Handmaid’s” in drama categories, “Lies” in movie/limited series categories. However, at the Producers Guild Awards they’re competing in […]
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