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Spotlight: Zachary Levi's Charity Work

In 2008, Zachary Levi donated a T-shirt to an auction for the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance.

Zachary Levi’s generosity and support has made an incredible impact for Operation Smile. His efforts have helped raise funds for more than 1,000 surgeries, giving children worldwide new hope.

Zac is the star of NBC’s hit TV show Chuck, as well as the new animated Disney film, Tangled. He also appeared in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel and worked alongside Sara Rue and Sherri Shepherd in ABC’s Less Than Perfect. Zac began his acting career in regional theatre, starring in plays such as Big River and Godspell.

Charities & foundations supported

Zachary Levi has supported the following charities:

Children's Hospital Los AngelesClothes Off Our BackFeeding AmericaMotion Picture and Television Fund FoundationOperation SmilePadres Contra el CancerRacing for KidsStand Up To CancerThe Art of ElysiumTuberous Sclerosis AllianceYoung Storytellers Foundation Read more about Zachary Levi's charity work and events.
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17 Highest-Grossing Movies Directed by Women, From ‘Mamma Mia!’ to ‘Wonder Woman’ (Photos)

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17 Highest-Grossing Movies Directed by Women, From ‘Mamma Mia!’ to ‘Wonder Woman’ (Photos)
Take a look at which films directed by women are on this list, unadjusted for inflation.

1. “Frozen” (2013)

Directors: Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck

Domestic gross: $400.7 million

2. “Wonder Woman” (2017)

Director: Patty Jenkins

Domestic gross: $285.3 million

3. “Shrek” (2001)

Directors: Vicky Jenson, Andrew Adamson

Domestic gross: $267.7 million

4. Brave” (2012”)

Directors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

Domestic gross: $237.3 million

5. “Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” (2009)

Director: Betty Thomas

Domestic gross: $219.6 million

6. “Twilight” (2008)

Director: Catherine Hardwicke

Domestic gross: $192.8 million

7. “Pitch Perfect 2” (2015)

Director: Elizabeth Banks

Domestic gross: $183.8 million

8. “What Women Want” (2000)

Director: Nancy Meyers

Domestic gross: $182.8 million

9. “Fifty Shades of Grey” (2015)

Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson

Domestic gross: $166.1 million

10. “Kung Fu Panda 2” (2011)

Director: Jennifer Yuh Helson

Domestic gross: $165.2 million

11. “The Proposal” (2009)

Director: Anne Fletcher

Domestic gross: $164 million

12. “Shark Tale” (2004)

Directors: Vicky Jenson, Bibo Bergeron, Rob Letterman

Domestic gross: $160.9 million

13. “Dr. Dolittle” (1998)

Director: Betty Thomas

Domestic gross: $144.2 million

14. “Mamma Mia!” (2008)

Director: Phyllida Lloyd

Domestic gross: $144.1 million

15. “Deep Impact” (1998)

Director: Mimi Leder
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25 Days Is Not Enough! Freeform Extends Christmas Marathon to 2 Full Months — See the Lineup!

25 Days Is Not Enough! Freeform Extends Christmas Marathon to 2 Full Months — See the Lineup!
It’s never too early to start celebrating Christmas.

Now that Halloween has come and gone, Freeform is ready to help viewers get in the Christmas spirit. The network is increasing its Christmas marathon from 25 days to two full months — and the November roster of films is sure to have you craving peppermint candy canes.

Full of elves, snow and fun, the Kickoff to Christmas began Thursday with a screening of Christmas with the Kranks. Other holiday classics like Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Santa Clause will play throughout the month.

But if you’re not
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Comedy Starring Anjelah Johnson From Kevin Hart & America Ferrera Set At NBC

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NBC is developing All Fancy, a half-hour starring comedian Anjelah Johnson and executive produced by Kevin Hart and Superstore star America Ferrera.

Written by Emilia Serrano, the multi-camera All Fancy is inspired by Anjelah Johnson’s life and stand-up. The series is seen through the point of view of Veronica Jimenez (Johnson), a newly successful 30-something Mexican-American woman who often goes against cultural and social expectations, creating chaos and comedy within her marriage, business and extended family.

The project hails from Universal Television in association with Hart’s Hartbeat Productions, Teri Wenberg’s Yellow Brick Road and Ferrera’s Take Fountain Productions. Executive producing are Serrano, Hart, John Cheng and Carli Haney via Hartbeat as well as frequent collaborators, Ferrera and Weinberg, via the joint production company the duo launched last year, which has a first-look deal at Uni TV. Johnson is co-executive producing.

“The show is seen through the
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Anjelah Johnson to Star in NBC Comedy Produced by Kevin Hart, America Ferrera

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Anjelah Johnson to Star in NBC Comedy Produced by Kevin Hart, America Ferrera
Comedian Anjelah Johnson is set to star in a multi-camera comedy in development at NBC which both Kevin Hart and America Ferrera will executive produce, Variety has learned.

The project is titled “All Fancy.” Inspired by Johnson’s life and stand-up, the series is seen through the point of view of Veronica Jimenez (Johnson), a newly successful 30-something Mexican-American woman who often goes against cultural and social expectations, creating chaos and comedy within her marriage, business and extended family.

Emilia Serrano will write and executive produce, with Johnson serving as co-executive producer in addition to starring. Hart will executive produce via his HartBeat Productions along with HartBeat’s John Cheng. Carli Haney of HartBeat will produce. Ferrera will executive produce via her Take Fountain Productions banner. Teri Weinberg will executive produce for Yellow Brick Road.

Universal Television will produce in association with HartBeat, Yellow Brick Road and Take Fountain.

Johnson
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Stx Boards Alibaba Pictures’ High-Profile ‘Warriors’ (Exclusive)

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Stx Entertainment has come on board to co-produce “Warriors,” one of the highest-profile movies being developed by Alibaba Pictures. “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman and Stx board member Gigi Pritzker will produce the live action-and-CGI hybrid, which is based on a series of young-adult books and targeted at children and the Ya crowd.

Award-winning Hollywood pair Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger have signed on as screenwriters. Their credits include the three installments of “Kung Fu Panda,” “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.”

Warriors” is based on books by Erin Hunter, the collective pseudonym of three U.K.-based writers – Kate Cary, Cherith Baldry, and Tui Sutherland – along with an editor, Victoria Holmes. Published by Harper Collins since 2003, the books feature clans of forest-dwelling cats caught up in stories of adventure, forbidden love, and faith.

Stx and Alibaba Pictures, the film offshoot of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba,
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Paramount Dedicates Building to Pioneering Director Dorothy Arzner

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With 20 feature credits to her name, Dorothy Arzner is the most prolific female director of all time. History has neglected to give the trailblazing filmmaker her due, but Paramount recently honored the late talent. The studio has dedicated its Dressing Room building on Melrose Ave to Arzner. “Paramount reserves this honor for the most respected of its industry professionals, and Arzner is in excellent company on the lot with other edifices named after such female legends as Lucille Ball, Clara Bow, Marlene Dietrich, Edith Head, Sherry Lansing, Carole Lombard, Mary Pickford, Gloria Swanson, and Mae West,” Deadline reports.

Born in 1897, Arzner decided to pursue a career in the business after visiting a film studio. “I remember making the observation, ‘If one was going to be in this movie business, one should be a director, because he was the one who told everyone else what to do,” she recounted.
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17 Highest-Grossing Movies Directed by Women, From ‘Mamma Mia!’ to ‘Wonder Woman’ (Photos)

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17 Highest-Grossing Movies Directed by Women, From ‘Mamma Mia!’ to ‘Wonder Woman’ (Photos)
Take a look at which films directed by women are on this list, unadjusted for inflation. 1. “Frozen” (2013) Directors: Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck Domestic gross: $400.7 million 2. “Wonder Woman” (2017) Director: Patty Jenkins Domestic gross: $285.3 million 3. “Shrek” (2001) Directors: Vicky Jenson, Andrew Adamson Domestic gross: $267.7 million 4. Brave” (2012”) Directors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman Domestic gross: $237.3 million 5. “Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” (2009) Director: Betty Thomas Domestic gross: $219.6 million 6. “Twilight” (2008) Director: Catherine Hardwicke Domestic gross: $192.8 million 7. “Pitch Perfect 2” (2015) Director: Elizabeth Banks Domestic gross: $183.8 million 8. “What Women Want” (2000) Director: Nancy Meyers Domestic gross: $182.8 million 9. “Fifty Shades of Grey” (2015) Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson Domestic gross: $166.1 million 10. “Kung...
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Shaft Reboot Gets X-Men: Apocalypse Star Alexandra Shipp

Shaft Reboot Gets X-Men: Apocalypse Star Alexandra Shipp
The cast for New Line Cinema's Shaft is getting bigger and bigger, with actress Alexandra Shipp in final negotiations to play the female lead. No details about the character have been given at this time, but she will join a cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson as John Shaft from the 2000 New Line Cinema remake, and Richard Roundtree as his uncle, also John Shaft, from the original 1971 movie. Jesse T. Usher also came aboard in August to play John Shaft Jr., the estranged son of Samuel L. Jackson's character.

While this project was originally believed to be a Shaft reboot when it was first put into development at Davis Entertainment in 2015, it seems this will follow the continuity of the entire franchise, bringing back both Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree to reprise their roles. It isn't clear if Alexandra Shipp's character also has a familial connection to the Shaft family,
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17 Highest-Grossing Movies Directed by Women, From ‘Mamma Mia!’ to ‘Wonder Woman’ (Photos)

  • The Wrap
17 Highest-Grossing Movies Directed by Women, From ‘Mamma Mia!’ to ‘Wonder Woman’ (Photos)
Take a look at which films directed by women are on this list, unadjusted for inflation. 1. “Frozen” (2013) Directors: Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck Domestic gross: $400.7 million 2. “Wonder Woman” (2017) Director: Patty Jenkins Domestic gross: $285.3 million 3. “Shrek” (2001) Directors: Vicky Jenson, Andrew Adamson Domestic gross: $267.7 million 4. Brave” (2012”) Directors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman Domestic gross: $237.3 million 5. “Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” (2009) Director: Betty Thomas Domestic gross: $219.6 million 6. “Twilight” (2008) Director: Catherine Hardwicke Domestic gross: $192.8 million 7. “Pitch Perfect 2” (2015) Director: Elizabeth Banks Domestic gross: $183.8 million 8. “What Women Want” (2000) Director: Nancy Meyers Domestic gross: $182.8 million 9. “Fifty Shades of Grey” (2015) Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson Domestic gross: $166.1 million 10. “Kung...
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X-Men: Apocalypse movie review: everyone knows the third movie is always the worst

About precisely nothing other than pure pulp comic-book soap-opera rigmarole, overshadowed by clichés, implausibilities, and missed opportunities. I’m “biast” (pro): love most of the films in this series

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Everyone knows the third movie is always the worst.” So proclaims mutant telepath Jean Grey in the middle of X-Men: Apocalypse, just around the point when we’ve already for ourselves that that also applies here. Ironically, this happens in a scene in which she and some other teen mutants have gone to the mall to see Return of the Jedi, a scene that exists solely so that she can make this joke… and it’s plot detours and tangents just like this one that are among the many disappointments of the film.

It’s the 1980s now, in this — yes — third installment of the X-Men historical comic-book drama trilogy,
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Do You Believe? movie review: nope

Crash, but Jesus-y. Scoffers and doubters will get their smackdown, but even believers should be skeptical at how this ridiculous roundrobin plays out. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): I most certainly do not believe

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Think Crash, but Jesus-y. (Oh dear, I mean the Oscar Best Picture Crash, not the people-who-get-turned-on-by-automobile-accidents one. A Jesus-y version of that would be quite disturbing.) The crisscrossing interactions of a whole bunch of different people are meant to inspire us, apparently, to accept the power of God to arrange outrageous coincidences so that they can all do good deeds for one another and, much more importantly, so that their good deeds pay off for them in a positive way. Whether you are so inspired is directly correlated to how much of a believer you already are, though even they should
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Christmas Forecast: 'Star Wars' Second Weekend Faces Five New Wide Releases

Christmas Forecast: 'Star Wars' Second Weekend Faces Five New Wide Releases
Once again Star Wars: The Force Awakens is poised to break even more box office records over Christmas weekend. However, after five days of record-breaking activity it's this holiday season's new wide, expanding and limited releases that could prove equally interesting. Four new films are releasing in 2,800+ theaters this weekend with Daddy's Home the widest release of the lot at 3,271 theaters. Looking back over the years this has been a prime weekend for new releases, begging the question as to whether Star Wars steals eyeballs or if it simply does its thing while the other titles play as they normally would. Star Wars will most certainly take the weekend top spot with a second weekend well above $100 million. We've been tracking it's daily performance in comparison to Avatar as its 33.8% Monday drop matched that of the domestic and worldwide box office champ. Tuesday's 6.85% drop was a little higher than Avatar's 1.83% drop,
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8 Superhero Movie Tropes That Need To Die

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We’re a good fifteen years or so into this wave of superhero mega-franchises which continue to batter the fair cliffs of cinemaland, and given the amount of universe expansions, origins stories, sequels and prequels in production currently it looks like we’re in this for the long haul.

As such, there are a lot of conventions that have sprung up around the genre, all loudly proclaiming “You’Re Watching A Superhero Movie Guys” just in case you were worried that you’d accidentally wandered into Alvin And The Chipmunks 2: The Squeakquel.

These range from the basically harmless (capes, cowls, completely absurd pecs) to the vaguely irritating (Stan Lee’s cameos) to the ones which are actually limiting the scope and scale of superhero movies. The tropes on this list are in danger of hemming the superhero genre into a prison of its own making,
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The Angry Birds movie is still a real thing - here's a trailer to prove it

The Angry Birds movie is still a real thing - here's a trailer to prove it
The Angry Birds movie is still very much a reality - and now there's a trailer to prove it.

The mobile game's Finnish developers Rovio and Sony have teamed up for the 3D animated movie, which features an all-star cast including Jason Sudeikis as Red, Josh Gad as Chuck, Danny McBride as Bomb and Maya Rudolph as Matilda.

Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage will also be catapulting into the voice cast as the majestically-named character 'The Mighty Eagle'.

Bill Hader will play Leonard, a pig spokesman who must stand up for the oinkers after they attempt to infiltrate the birds' nests.

Jon Vitti, the man responsible for classic Simpsons episodes 'Mr Plow' and 'Cape Feare', is writing the Angry Birds script. More worryingly, he's also behind Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.

Angry Birds began life as an iOS game in December 2009 and as of July 2015 has had more than 3 billion downloads,
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Time Machine: Classy-Looking 'Tangled' Singing Stars at the Oscars

Zachary Levi and guest on the Oscars' Red Carpet Zachary Levi at the Academy Awards Pictured above is Zachary Levi and a guest on the 83rd Academy Awards' Red Carpet this past Sunday, Feb. 27, just outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. At the Oscar ceremony, Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore performed "I See the Light," a Best Original Song nominee – music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater – from the animated feature Tangled. The 2011 Best Song winner turned out to be Randy Newman's "We Belong Together," from another animated feature, Toy Story 3 – last year's biggest domestic box office hit. Zachary Levi movies Below is a partial list of Zachary Levi films.* His movie debut took place in Mark Douglas Miller's comedy short Reel Guerrillas (2005), while his feature film debut was in a supporting role in John Whitesell's comedy Big Momma's House 2 (2006). Thor: The Dark World (2013). Director: Alan Taylor.
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Weekend Box Office: The Hobbit 3 Claims Second Title on Strongest Post-Christmas Frame of All Time

After posting one of the strongest Christmas Day totals of the last decade, the domestic box office went on to claim the best post-holiday frame ever this weekend with over $208 million in overall earnings. That tops the all-time record from 2009: the year that Avatar, Sherlock Holmes and Alvin and the Chipmunks: the Squeakquel dominated the chart. On this historic weekend, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies claimed its second consecutive top ten title with an estimated $41.4 million, while new releases Into the Woods and Unbroken each brought in over $31 million in what proved to be a very close race for second place. Title Weekend Total 1. The Hobbit 3 $41,400,000 $168.5 2. Unbroken $31,748,000 $47.3 3. Into the Woods $31,021,000 $46.1 4. Night at the Museum 3 $20,600,000 $55.3 5. Annie $16,600,000 $45.8 6. Mockingjay – Part 1 $10,000,000 $306.6 7. The Gambler $9,300,000 $14.3 8. The Imitation Game $7,930,000 $14.6 9. Exodus: Gods & Kings $6,750,000 $52.5 10. Wild $5,415,000 $16.3 Full story after the jump. We’ve reached the end of a very odd year at the domestic box office.
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Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 (yes, 4) finds a director

Having grossed over $1 billion around the world, it should come as no surprise that New Regency are looking to get Alvin and the Chipmunks back up on screen for a fourth outing. And now it seems as though they have a director.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Walt Becker has been hired to direct Alvin and the Chipmunks 4. The latest version of the script has been written by Adam Sztykiel, who has previously penned Made of Honor and Due Date. An earlier draft was penned by Randi Mayem Singer (Mrs. Doubtfire).

It is unknown if Justin Long (Tusk), Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds) or Jesse McCartney (Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy) will return to provide their voices as Alvin, Simon and Theodore or if Jason Lee (Mallrats) will reprise his role as Dave.

The first Alvin and the Chipmunks movie was released in 2009 and grossed $361 million worldwide, while Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
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Zendaya Coleman Explains Why She Quit Lifetime’s Aaliyah Movie

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Zendaya Coleman Explains Why She Quit Lifetime’s Aaliyah Movie
After Disney star Zendaya Coleman quit Aalyiah amid a cloud of controversy (Aaliyah's family, for one, didn't want Lifetime to do the biopic in the first place), Lifetime announced that they had replaced her with the relatively unknown Alexandra Shipp (from Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel). Wendy Williams, who is now an executive producer on the project, tweeted the news. Zendaya, meanwhile, took to Instagram video to explain why she left the movie with the note, "Let me just explain something ... #aaliyah #respect": Here are the videos:
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Alexandra Shipp Replaces Zendaya as Aaliyah in Lifetime Biopic (Photo)

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Alexandra Shipp Replaces Zendaya as Aaliyah in Lifetime Biopic (Photo)
Wendy Williams made it known on Friday that Lifetime's Aaliyah biopic is back on and has found a new actress for the lead role. According to Williams' Twitter, Alexandra Shipp will now play Aaliyah, replacing Zendaya Coleman, who gave up the role in late June. A Lifetime spokesperson told TheWrap that Williams’ announcement is true. Also read: Zendaya on Exiting Lifetime's Aaliyah Movie: It ‘Wasn't All the Way There’ Shipp is best known for her role as KT Rush on the Nickelodeon show “House of Anubis.” She has also appeared on “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” “Switched at Birth” and “Victorious.
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